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TERM DEFINITION
2H Second Half
Hague Protocol Amendment of the Warsaw convention at The Hague, September 28, 4955 (aircargo).
Hague Rules, The A multilateral maritime treaty adopted in 1921 (at The Hague, Netherlands). Standardizes liability of an international carrier under the Ocean B/L. Establishes a legal "floor" for B/L. See COGSA
Hague Visby Rules A set of rules, amending the Hague Rules published in 1968 and subsequently given the force of law by many maritime nations.
Half-Height Identical to the open top, but with 4'3" ends and not the standard 8'6". Suitable for the carriage of heavy cargo as the box weight is considerably less. 20' only
Hamburg Rules Rules governing the rights and responsibilities of carrier and cargo interests which may be incorporated into a contract for the carriage of goods by sea either by agreement of the parties or statutorily. These rules were adopted by the United National Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea in 1978.
H&K Hugs And Kisses
HAGN Have A Good Night
HAND Have A Nice Day
Handling Instructions Indication how cargo is to be handled.
Handling Service Service concerning the physical handling of cargo.
Harbor Place of shelter for vessels. Most of the time used as an indication for the geographical location.
Harbor Dues Various local charges against all seagoing vessels entering a harbor, to cover maintenance of channel depths, buoys, lights, etc. All harbors do not necessarily have this charge.
Harbor Master An officer who attends to the berthing, etc., of ships in a harbor.
Hard Aground A vessel which has gone aground and is incapable of refloating under her own power.
Hard Copy Computer output printed on paper
Harmonized System of Codes (HS) An international goods classification system for describing cargo in international trade under a single commodity-coding scheme. Developed under the auspices of the Customs Cooperations Council (CCC), an international Customs organization in Brussels, this code is a hierarchically structured product nomenclature containing approximately 5,000 headings and subheadings. It is organized into 99 chapters arranged in 22 sections. Sections encompass an industry (e.g., Section XI, Textiles and Textile Articles); chapters encompass the various materials and products of the industry (e.g., Chapter 50, Silk; Chapter 55, Manmade Staple Fibers; Chapter 57, Carpets). The basic code contains four-digit headings and six-digit subheadings. Many countries add digits for Customs tariff and statistical purposes. In the United States, duty rates will be the eight-digit level; statistical suffixes will be at the ten-digit level. The Harmonized System (HS) is the current U.S. tariff schedule (TSUSA) for imports and is the basis for the ten-digit Schedule B export code.
Harter Act A law passed by Congress in 1893. The Harter Act provides that a vessel owner is not responsible for loss or damage caused by faults or errors in navigation, provided the ship owner has taken proper care to see that his/her ship is in all respects seaworthy and properly manned and equipped.
Hatch The opening in the deck of a vessel; gives access to the cargo hold.
Hatch Cover Watertight means of closing the hatchway of a vessel.
Hatchway Opening in the deck of a vessel through which cargo is loaded into, or discharged from the hold and which is closed by means of a hatch cover
Haulage The inland transport service which is offered by the carrier under the terms and conditions of the tariff and of the relative transport document.
Haulier Road carrier
HAWB House AirWay Bill of Lading
Hawser Large strong rope used for towing purposes and for securing or mooring ships. Hawsers are now mostly made of steel.
Hazard (Ins) A specific situation that increases the probability of the occurrence of loss arising from a peril, or that may influence the extent of the loss. For example, accident, sickness, fire, flood, liability, explosion are perils. Slippery floors, unsanitary conditions, shingled roofs, congested traffic, unguarded premises, and uninspected boilers are Hazards.
Hazardous Materials Cargo or Goods deemed dangerous because of their nature, such as caustic substances, radioactive materials, explosives, combustibles, etc.
HAZ MAT An industry abbreviation for "Hazardous Material."
HBF Harmless Bulk Fertilizer
H/C See "High Cube"
HDLTSBENDS Half Despatch Lay Time Saved Both Ends
HDWTS Half Despatch Working (or Weather) Time Saved
Header Board See Bulkhead (road cargo).
Heated Container Thermal container served by a heat producing appliance
Heavy Lift Single commodities too heavy to be lifted by the ship's regular equipment
Heavy-Lift Charge A charge made for lifting articles too heavy to be lifted by a ship's normal tackle.
Heavy-Lift Vessel A vessel specially designed and equipped for the carriage of heavy cargo.
Hedging Buying or selling earlier and more than really needed in order to protect the company against price increases or shortages of commodities or components to realize profits when prices fluctuate.
Held Covered (Ins) A provisional acceptance of risk, subject to confirmation at a later date that the agreed cover is needed. Where applicable to an existing insurance, cover is conditional, in practice, on prompt advice to the Underwriter as soon as the Assured is aware of the circumstances to be held covered coming into effect, and a reasonable additional premium is payable if the risk held covered comes into effect.
Helm A tiller or a wheel generally installed on the bridge or wheelhouse of a ship to turn the rudder during maneuvering and navigation. It is in fact the steering wheel of the ship.
Heuristic The process of solving problems by evaluating each step in the progress, searching for satisfactory solutions rather than optimal solutions. It comprises a form of problem solving where the results are determined by experience or intuition instead of by optimization.
H/H - House to House (same as CY/CY)
- Hold Harmless
HHDW Handy Heave Dead Weight (scrap)
HH/Goods Household Goods
HHGPE Household Goods & Personal Effects
HHIS Hanging Head In Shame
HIG How's It Going?
High Cube Container which exceeds 8-feet-6-inches (102 inches) (2.56 meters) in height. Identical to the GP, but with 9'6" sides and not the standard 8'6". 40' only
High-Density Compression Compression of a flat or standard bale of cotton to approximately 32 pounds per cubic foot. Usually applies to cotton exported or shipped coastwise.
Hinterland The inland area served by a certain port.
Hired Automobile (Ins) Autos the insured leases, hires, rents or borrows but not autos owned by employees or members of their households.
Hitchment The marrying of two or more portions of one shipment that originate at different locations, moving under one bill of lading, from one shipper to one consignee. Authority for this service must be granted by tariff publication. See Bill of Lading.
Hitchment Cargo An amount of goods which is added to an original consignment as the owner and the destination are the same as those of the original consignment
HM Hazardous Materials (see Hazardous Materials)
HMS Heavy Metal Scraps
HMT Harbor Maintenance Tax
HO See "Hold"
Hogged Loading condition of a vessel in such a way that the centre of the vessel is slightly raised (arch-wise in the center).
Hoisting Rope Special flexible wire rope for lifting purposes, generally being of six strands with 19 wires in each strand and in most cases having a hemp rope at the center.
Hold Compartment below deck used solely for carrying cargo.
Hold Harmless Agreement (Ins) A contractual arrangement whereby one party assumes the liability inherent in a situation, thereby relieving the other party of responsibility. Such agreements are typically found in contracts like leases. A typical lease may provide that the lessee must "hold harmless' the lessor for any liability from accidents arising out of the premises.
Home Port The port of registration of a vessel
Hook to Hook LINER TERMS HOOK / HOOK: Given that this is a notional point in chartering terms, this is best described as the Shipper/Receiver arranging for delivery/receival of cargo to/from directly under ships hook and the ship paying for the labour to stow the cargo in the vessels cargo holds, as well as on-board lashing & securing and provision of dunnage materials, and to discharge again over the ship’s side. Shore based stevedoring aspects remain the responsibility of the shipper/receiver, however, there are some Owners that may incorporate these costs into their LTHH rate. Once again, ask Owners to clearly define this aspect. Wharfage charges/dues/taxes can be a contentious issue but are usually considered to be for the Shippers/Receivers account and there may also be many other statutory levies on cargo or freight that may apply. Many Shippers/Receivers are unaware of these additional costs and do not include them into their costing and consequently may be left with an unexpected considerable expense at the completion of a project.
Hopper Barge A barge which loads material dumped into it by a dredger and discharges the cargo through the bottom.
Hopper Car Railcar that permits top loading and bottom unloading of bulk commodities; some hopper cars have permanent tops with hatches to provide protection against the elements.
House AirWay Bill A bill of lading issued by a forwarder to a shipper as a receipt for goods that the forwarder will consolidate with cargo from other shippers for transport.
House-to-House See Door-to-Door.
House-to-Pier Cargo loaded into a container by the shipper under shipper's supervision. When the cargo is exported, it is unloaded at the foreign pier destination.
Hovercraft A vessel used for the transportation of passengers and cargo riding on a cushion of air formed under it. It is very maneuverable and is also amphibious.
H/P House to Pier (same as CY/CFS)
HT Hi There
HTH Hope This Helps
HUB Head Up Bottom
Hub The central transhipment point in a transport structure, serving a number of consignees and/or consignors by means of spokes. The stretches between hubs mutually are referred to as trunks
Huckepack Carriage See "Piggyback"
Hull Outer shell of a vessel, made of steel plates or other suitable material to keep water outside the vessel.
Humping The process of connecting a moving rail car with a motionless rail car within a rail classification yard in order to make up a train. The cars move by gravity from an incline or "hump" onto the appropriate track.
Hundredweight (cwt.) The pricing unit used in transportation; a hundredweight is equal to 100 pounds.
Husbanding Taking care of a vessel's non cargo related operations as instructed the by the master or owner of such vessel.
Hydrofoil A craft more or less similar to the Hovercraft insofar as it flies over water and thus eliminates friction between the water and the hull. Under acceleration it rises above water but remains in contact with the surface through supporting legs.
HW High Water
   
 
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Over 3600 Ocean Marine, Shipping, Chat & Insurance Terms and Abbreviations
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Chat - A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

5 Steps + 2 Minutes = AllCovered --- Paperless -- No Monthly Reporting
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These terms, abbreviations and descriptions have been gathered from many sources
online and in print. No warranty for their accuracy is stated nor implied.

 

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