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Term

Description

Malpractice

A carrier giving a customer illegal preference to attract cargo.This can take the form of a money refund (rebate), using lower figures thanactual for the assessment of freight charges (under cubing), misdeclaration ofthe commodity shipped to allow the assessment of a lower tariff rate, waivingpublished tariff charges for demurrage CFS handling or equalization, providingspecialized equipment to a shipper to the detriment of other shippers etc.

Mandamu

A writ issued by a court, requires that specific things be done.

Manifest

Document that lists in detail all the bills of lading issued bya carrier or its agent or master for a specific voyage. A detailed summary ofthe total cargo of a vessel. Used principally for Customs purposes.

MarineInsurance

Broadly insurance covering loss or damage of goods at sea.Marine insurance typically compensates the owner of merchandise for lossessustained from fire shipwreck etc. but excludes losses that can be recoveredfrom the carrier.

Maritime

Business pertaining to commerce or navigation transacted uponthe sea or in seaports in such matters s the court of admiralty hasjurisdiction.

MaritimeDomain

It is all areas and things of on under relating to adjacent toor bordering on a sea ocean or other navigable waterway including all maritimerelated activities infrastructure people cargo and vessels and otherconveyances.

MaritimeDomain Awareness (MDA)

It is the effective understanding of anything associated withthe global maritime domain that could impact the security safety economy orenvironment of the UnitedStates.

MaritimeSecurity and Safety Information

It shares and displays vessel Automated Identification System(AIS) data real time with multiple international users through a web basedpassword protected system.

Marking

Letters numbers and other symbols placed on cargo packages tofacilitate identification. Also known as marks.

Marlinespike

A pointed metal spike used to separate strands of rope insplicing.

MarView

It is an integrated data driven environment providing essentialinformation to support the strategic requirements of the United States MarineTransportation System and its contribution to economic viability of the nation.

Mates Receipt

An archaic practice. An acknowledgement of cargo receipt signedby a mate of the vessel. The possessor of the mates receipt is entitled to thebill of lading in exchange for that receipt.

MBM

1000 board feet. One MBM equals 2265 C.M.

MCFS

Master Container FreightStation. See CFS.

MeasurementCargo

Freight on which transportation charges are calculated on thebasis of volume measurement.

MeasurementTon

40 cubic feet.

MechanicallyVentilated Container

A container fitted with a means of forced air ventilation.

MemorandumBill of Lading

An in house bill of lading. A duplicate copy.

MemorandumFreight Bill

See Multiple Container load Shipment.

Meter

39.37 inches (approximately).

2204.6 pounds or 1000 kilograms.

Microbridge

A cargo movement in which the water carrier provides a throughservice between an inland point and the port of load/discharge. The carrier isresponsible for cargo and costs from origin on to destination. Also known asIPI or Through Service.

Mile

A unit equal to 5280 feet on land. A nautical mile is 6076.115.

MiniLandbridge

An intermodal system for transporting containers by ocean andthen by rail or motor to a port previously served as an all water move (e.g. Hong Kong to New York over Seattle).

Minimum Charge

The lowest charge that can be assessed to transport a shipment.

MinimumBill of Lading

A clause in a bill of lading which specifies the least chargethat the carrier will make for issuing a lading. The charge may be a definitesum or the current charge per ton for any specified quantity.

MixedContainer Load

A container load of different articles in a single consignment.

MLB

Mini Landbridge.

ModifiedAtmosphere

A blend of gases tailored to replace the normal atmospherewithin a container.

MSA

Maritime Security Act.

MTSA

The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 is designed toprotect ports and waterways from terrorists attacks. The law is the U.S.equivalent of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code(ISPS) andwas fully implemented on July 1 2004. It requires vessels and port facilitiesto conduct vulnerability assessments and develop security plans that mayinclude passenger vehicle and baggage screening procedures, security patrols,establishing restricted areas, personnel identification procedures, accesscontrol measures, and/or installation of surveillance equipment.

Multimodal

Synonymous for all practical purposes with Intermodal.

MultiTankContainer

A container frame fitted to accommodate two or more separatetanks for liquids.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAF

A trade agreement between Canada the U.S. and Mexico thatencourages free trade between these countries.