Always afloat or safe aground. The condition for a vessel whilst in port.

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The condition of a vessel with regards to materials, construction, equipment, crew and outfit which is considered safe for the trade in which it is employed


The firing of a burner with controls in a low-fire position to provide safe operating condition during light off.


A term used to describe the time at which a vessel is no longer meeting the terms of readiness for a shipment and is therefore no longer earning revenue during that time. Some situations which can cause offhire periods are holds not clean, dry, free from infestation; engine failure, cannot sail due to crew problem or shortage. Etc.. When a vessel's condition changes back to meet the contract or charter party terms it is placed back on-hire. In some cases such as poor engine perfoprmance which extends the charter and adds expenses a claim for partial offhire may be made.


In water transportation, the deliberate sacrifice of cargo to make the vessel safe for the remaining cargo.Those sharing in the spared cargo proportionately cover the loss.


The displacement in tons of the ship complete with all outfit, equipment, and machinery on board but excluding all fuel, water in tanks, cargo, stores, passengers, dunnage, and the crew and their effects. The light condition displacement includes the lubricating oil for the machinery and water in the boilers at steaming level. Also called light weight.


Understood by seamen to mean consideration for the other vessel and the exercise of good judgment under certain condition when vessels meet.


(AA) - provision in a charter party, that the vessel must remain afloat at all times when unloading and discharging.


The destination or condition of vessel (outward bound, fogbound).


To pull a vessel off after grounding; to set afloat again


The process of changing the magnetic condition of a vessel by wrapping a large conductor around it a number of times in a vertical plane, athwartships, and energizing the coil thus formed. If a single coil is placed horizontally around the vessel and energized, the process is called FLASHING if the coil remains stationary, and WIPING if it is moved up and down. See also DEGAUSSING.

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