When more than one mode of transportation is used to ship cargo from origin to destination, it is called intermodal transportation. For example, boxes of hot sauce from Louisiana are stuffed into metal boxes called containers at the factory. That container is put onto a truck chassis (or a railroad flat car) and moved to a port. There the container is lifted off the vehicle and lifted onto a ship. At the receiving port, the process is reversed. Intermodal transportation uses few laborers and speeds up the delivery time.

Related Terms

BULK CARGO

Cargo such as oil, coal, ore, woodchips, etc. not shipped in bags or containers

BUMPKIN

The spar projecting from stern of ship

FILTER ELEMENT

The porous device that performs the actual process of filtration. Also known as Cartridge

HYDROFINISHING

A process for treating raw extracted base stocks with hydrogen to saturate them for improved stability.

TRAMP FREIGHTER

A cargo ship engaged in the tramp trade.

TRAMP FREIGHTER

A cargo ship engaged in the tramp trade.

CORDAGE

Ropes in the rigging of a ship

ACID ATTACK

Caused by an incomplete flushing after an acid cleaning process of boilers or similar equipment.

WEATHER SIDE

The side of a ship exposed to the wind.

ABSORPTION

The assimilation of one material into another; in petroleum refining, the use of an absorptive liquid to selectively remove components from a process stream.

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