Certificate of free pratique. This is a certificate from the port-health-authorities that the ship is without infectious disease or plague on board and therefore permitted to enter port and to allow people to board and disembark.
FCL (Full container load). This expression refers to a consignment from a shipper which will occupy the entire container. The freight rates are generally lower for FCL shipments compared to LCL or “Less than container load” (i.e., break bulk cargo) that has to be loaded into a container.
Fumigation. When the vessel has rats or other vermin on board, and also infestation from cargo, these undesirable elements must be eliminated. This is done by fumigation. Some fumigation agents may be toxic for humans.
Fixing letter. As soon as the negotiations about the chartering of a vessel have resulted in the "fixture" of a ship, a "fixing letter" may be drawn up containing a summary of the main terms and conditions of the charterparty.
Freight in full of all port charges, pilotage, consular fees, light dues, trimming, lighterage at loading /discharging ports . . .This expression means that the shipowner must pay all port charges and other expenses specified in the term.
Fixture. To "fix" a ship is to determine or settle a contract (the Charterparty) for its employment. "Fixture" is the word that indicates the contract has been made and the negotiations to charter the ship have been concluded.
FAC (Fast as can). This term in a charterparty can apply to the vessel's being loaded or discharged as quickly as is practical, possibly in relation to the custom of the part (COP) or "with customary quick despatch".
Final sailing. A ship has finally departed from the loading port as soon as it has passed the limits of the port being construed in the commercial sense, being ready in every respect to proceed on the contemplated voyage with no intention of returning.