The width of a ship.

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AFT

Back of the vessel.

ASTERN

A backward movement of a vessel

ATHWARTSHIP

Across the ship, at right angles to the fore-and-aft centerline

UPBOUND

A vessel traveling upstream.

BEAM

The width of a ship. Also called breadth.

AFFREIGHTMENT

A hiring of a vessel

CATAMARAN

A double hulled vessel

COLLIER

Vessel used for transporting coal.

COMBI

Vessel designed for a combination of passengers, and different types of cargo.

FLAG OF CONVENIENCE

Flags of nations which offer favorable tax structures and regulations. Ships registering under the laws of these nations are not always required to establish their home location in that country.

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