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.

W
Waiver
A document used to allow cargo to be carried by a vessel with a different flag than the destination country. Also, used for government cargo that cannot be carried by vessels under certain flags.
Waybill
See Seawaybill.
Weights
Gross/Long ton: 1016 kg (2,240 lbs)
Net/Short ton: 907.19 kg (2,000 lbs)
Metric/Kilo ton: 1,000 kg (2,204.6 lbs)
Wharf
A structure built along a shore, and often projecting into the water, at which boats can be docked and loaded or unloaded; also known as a pier or quay.
Wharfage
A fee charged by a port authority or port operator to the carrier for the use of a port's wharf. The carrier usually charges the fee to the customer in order to provide transparency and share the costs. This fee is applicable to shipments moving to/from port terminals that charge wharfage. Also known as wharfage fee or wharfage charge.