Dictionary of Shipping Terms


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Waiting Time
The period of time between the moment at which one is ready for an activity to start and the moment at which this activity can actually begin.
See also: Queue Time
Waiver Clause
Clause in a marine insurance policy stating that no acts of the insurer or insured in recovering, saving or preserving the property insured, shall be considered a dismissal from or acceptance of abandonment.
War Risk
Perils of war or warlike operations, such as capture, seizure, arrests, restraints of kings, princesses and people, hostilities, civil war, mines, torpedo's. War risks are not covered under a policy for marine perils and must therefore be covered under a separate policy for war risks.
A building specially designed for receipt, storage and handling of goods.
Warehouse Keeper
Party who takes responsibility for goods entered into a warehouse.
Warehouse Receipt
Receipt for products deposited in a warehouse.
Those activities of holding and handling goods in a warehouse (store).
Warsaw Convention
The Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air, signed at Warsaw, 12 October 1929, or that Convention as amended by the Hague Protocol, 1955, stipulating obligations or parties and limitations and/or exonerations of carriers (air cargo).
Waste Disposal
Processing and or removal to final resting place or transfer to a place for re-use or recovering of waste.
Waste Logistics
The collection of used, damaged, or outdated products and or packaging from designated users.
Non-negotiable document evidencing the contract for the transport of cargo.
Wear and Tear
Loss or deterioration resulting from ordinary use.
Weight Charge
The charge for carriage of goods based on their weight (air cargo).
Weight Ton
A ton of 1000 kilos.
A place for berthing vessels to facilitate loading and discharging of cargo.
The fee charged for the use of a wharf for mooring, loading or discharging a vessel or for storing goods.
An intermediary between manufacturers and retailers in various activities such as promotion, warehousing, and the arranging of transport and or distribution.
Work Load
The quantity of work ahead assigned to a certain facility such as a work station, capacity group or a department respectively staff-member.
World Health Organization
Abbreviation: WHO
The global agency linked with the United Nations and co-operating with other technical agencies relating to health matters at sea and on land.
World Meteorological Organisation
Abbreviation: WMO
The United Nations agency dealing with meteorological issues.


High frequency electromagnetic ray of short wave-length, capable of penetrating most solid substances.
International standard of the CCITT for packet switching.
A CCITT recommendation designed to facilitate international message and information exchange between subscribers of computer based store-and-forward services and office information systems in association with public and private data networks.
The CCITT now ITU recommendations (ISO9594) for the structure of directories for the maintenance of addresses used in electronic mail.
Extensible mark-up language is an official recommendation by the World Wide Web Consortium as a successor of HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up language) it can be used to convey documents layout and contents from one computer application to another. XML is a subset of SGML.
The exchange of structured information over the Internet using XML as the syntax.


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