Glossary

What does LT stand for? What does on-carriage mean? What's a time charter?

Shipping jargon and terminology can be confusing. In this section, we explain the meaning of the most commonly used international shipping terms.

If you still need a specific shipping term explained in detail, simply contact your nearest Safmarine office – we’re happy to help.

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MSI Plessey
This barcode is a variable length barcode that can encode up to 15 numeric digits. Checksum generation is dependent on the value of the checksum parameter. The following table indicates the value of the checksum property and the type of checksum created. Setting, Description, 0, one modulus 10 checksum, 1, two modulus 10 checksums, 2, one modulus 11 checksum/one modulus 10 checksum.
Manifest
A listing of all cargo on board a vessel as required by the relevant local authorities (e.g. customs); also known as a cargo manifest.
Marks and Numbers
The identifying details on or of a package, or the actual markings that appear on the packages. OR The symbols and numbers used to identify cargo.
OR
The symbols and numbers used to identify different pieces of cargo on a ship.
Materials Management
The procurement, movement and management of materials and products from acquisition through to production.
Merchant Haulage Service
Service of coordinating 3rd party logistics services (Merchant Haulage arrangements) on behalf of the customer. This service is applied based upon the customer's request for the carrier to coordinate inland haulage on a merchant haulage Bill of Lading. The customer holds the contract with the haulage provider. The carrier can refuse to offer this service.
Metric ton (MT)
1 metric ton = 2,204.62 lbs or 35.314 cubic ft.
Mini land bridge (MLB
Containers arriving in a country by vessel that are then transported by road or rail to an inland destination. Also known as a land bridge.
Mixed Shipment
A shipment consisting of items described in and classified under two or more rate items in a tariff.
Mother Vessel
The main ocean vessel in a liner service designated to move containers from set origin points to set destination ports/points on a regular basis.