By the side of a ship or pier.


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PARALLEL MID-BODY LENGTH

This describes the middle side area of a tanker's or other vessel's exterior hull which is flat and usually vertical. This is usually the area of the hull that is in contact with the pier when a vessel is docked. This area is measured from aft of the bow where the hull reaches maximum beam and then proceeds aft with little variance until the hull recesses again towards the centerline near the stern. This area is the same on both sides of a vessel and therefore runs in parallel down the middle of the ship.

The length of the mid-body is important to know when voyage planning to determine if a vessel will safely be able to moor at a particular facility. Also known as PBL, PMBL, or Mid-Body Length.

PILASTER

A vertical rectangular architectural member that is structurally a pier and architecturally a column.

PIERCING GRIPPER

A robot component that first punctures a material such as cloth, rubber, or porous sheets, or soft plastic in order to lift and handle it. pier foundation See caisson foundation.

PEDESTAL

1. The support for a column. 2. A metal support carrying one end of a bridge truss or girder and transmitting any load to the top of a pier or abutment. 3. See blanking level. 4. A supporting part or the base of an upright structure, such as a radar antenna.

LATERAL SUPPORT

Horizontal propping applied to a column, wall, or pier across its smallest dimension.

ICE APRON

A wedge-shaped structure which protects a bridge pier from floating ice.

PILING

A support, protection for wharves, piers etc.

GANGPLANK

A moveable bridge used in boarding or leaving a ship at a pier.

PIER

A loading platform extending at an angle from the shore.

CAMEL

A padded fender to keep a vessel away from a pier or quay to prevent damage to the hull or pier

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