Laytime. This expression means the agreed period of time (in days or in hours) during which the shipowner makes the vessel available to the charterer for loading and/or discharging the cargo.

Laydays. Sometimes this word may be used to refer to "laytime", calculated in a number of "days".

Limitation of liability. To be in the business of carrying goods by sea can cause a person to become liable to pay compensation to the owners of cargo if the cargo is lost or damaged during carriage.

Limitation of action. This expression refers to the time limit placed on one party to a contract before which he can bring an action against the other party for a claim under the contract.

Load Lines Convention 1966. The regulations laid down in the Load Lines Convention 1930 were revised in July 1968 when the International Convention on Load Lines 1966 came into force.

Lower hold. General cargo vessels may have one or two tweendecks (upper and lower) dividing the cargo compartments into lower hold and tween deck space.


Longshoremen. These are workers in a port and who are involved in the handling of cargo. In most places they are called "stevedores" but particularly in the U.S.A. the name given to these workers is "longshoremen".

LIFO (Liner In Free Out). This abbreviation indicates that the shipowner bears all casts for loading; stowing and trimming the cargo and all the costs incurred for the discharge are to be borne by the charterer, or receiver, or consignee.


Light cargo. Goods which fill the ship's cargo space cubically but do not bring it "down to its marks", are called "light cargo", in contrast with heavy cargo, which brings the ship down to its marks but does not completely fill the space available for cargo.

Lien. This is a right given to one party to a contract to hold the property of another, as security for an obligation the other party owes the first.

Landbridge. This is a concept that is particularly applicable to multimodalism in which a combination of land and sea transport modes is used.

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