To forsake a vessel in favour of the life rafts, life boats.



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LCF

Longitudinal Centre of Flotation. The point about which the vessel tips and trims. It can be referred to as the tipping centre. It is the centroid (the centre of gravity of the waterplane area).

JACOB'S LADDER

A rope ladder suspended from the side of a vessel and used for boarding.

JUNCTION BUOY

A buoy which, when viewed from a vessel approaching from the open sea or in the same direction as the main stream of flood current, or in the direction established by appropriate author- ity, indicates the place at which two channels meet.

BELL-JAR TESTING

A leak testing method in which a vessel is filled with tracer gas and placed in a vacuum chamber; leaks are evidenced by gas drawn into the vacuum chamber.

DECK

A platform in a ship corresponding to a floor in a building

TWENTY FOOT EQUIVALENT UNIT

A unit of measurement equal to the space occupied by a standard twenty foot container. Used in stating the capacity of container vessel or storage area. One 40 ft. Container is equal to two TEU's.

PASSENGER VESSEL

For the purposes of the NSCV Part B, a vessel which carries, or is certified to carry, more than 12 passengers.

VORTEX

(1) The swirling motion of a liquid in a vessel at the entrance to a discharge nozzle. (2) The point in a cyclonic gas path where the two spirals change general direction by 180o.

MOORING LINE

A cable or rope used in securing a ship

TRANSIT

The passage of a vessel through a canal, fairway, etc.

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