A shortening of the term, “Roll On/Roll Off.” A method of ocean cargo service using a vessel with ramps which allows wheeled vehicles to be loaded and discharged without cranes. Also refers to any specialized vessel designed to carry Ro/Ro cargo.
end of own ship’s true vector.
Mast radio mast
Rankine (temperature); refraction; own
radar transponder beacon.
Top a slang term for an open–top trailer or container with a tarpaulin cover.
The amount of money an ocean carrier pays to the railroad for overland carriage.
The time that the container was discharged (grounded) from the train.
terminal where containers are received or delivered and trains loaded or discharged. Originally, trailers moved onto the rearmost flatcar via a ramp and driven into position in a technique known as “circus loading.” Most modern rail facilities use lifting equipment to position containers onto the flatcars.
a movement where the load initiates at an origin rail ramp and terminates at a consignee’s door.
movement of equipment from an origin rail ramp to a destination rail ramp only.
a formula of the specific factors or elements that control the making of a rate. A rate can be based on any number of factors (i.e., weight, measure, equipment type, package, box, etc.).
Rescue Coordination Center.
radio direction finder, RDF station.
Reasonableness Under ICC and common law, the requirement that a rate not be higher than is necessary to reimburse the carrier for the actual cost of transporting the traffic and allow a fair profit.
an illegal form of discounting or refunding that has the net effect of lowering the tariff price. See also Malpractice.
RECEIVED FOR SHIPMENT B/L
Validated at time cargo is received by ocean carrier to commence movement but before being validated as “Onboard”.
B/L set which has completed a prescribed number of edits between the shipper’s instructions and the actual shipment received. This produces a very accurate B/L.
the consignee or destination on a bill of lading while shipment is still in transit. Diversion has substantially the same meaning.
a right claim against the guarantors of a loan or draft or bill of exchange.
a label required on shipments of flammable articles.
a group of points to which rates are made the same as or in relation to rates to other points in group.
To transfer containers from one ship to another when both vessels are controlled by the same network (carrier) manager.
Funds sent by one person to another as payment.
Articles handled only under certain conditions.
A condition within the letter of credit which restricts its negotiation to a named bank.
REVENUE TON (RT)
A ton on which the shipment is freighted. If cargo is rated as weight or measure (W/M), whichever produces the highest revenue will be considered the revenue ton. Weights are based on metric tons and measures are based on cubic meters. RT=1 MT or 1 CBM.
An inland point provided by an all–water carrier’s through bill of lading in the U.S. by first discharging the container in an East Coast port.
An instrument that can be modified or cancelled at any moment without notice to and agreement of the beneficiary, but customarily includes a clause in the credit to the effect that any draft negotiated by a bank prior to the receipt of a notice of revocation or amendment will be honored by the issuing bank. Rarely used since there is no protection for the seller.
An irrevocable letter issued for a specific amount; renews itself for the same amount over a given period.
RF (rf) radio frequency.
Request for Proposal
Request for quotation.
ring laser gyro.
relative DRM-SRM vector.
relative movement line.
root mean square.
re–book cargo to a later vessel.
The side–to–side (athwartship) motion of a vessel.
The manner in which a shipment moves; i.e., the carriers handling it and the points at which the carriers interchange.
root sum square.
Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services.
Complementary equipment for terminal and over–the–road handling containers.
Abbreviation for “Released Value Not Exceeding.” Usually used to limit the value of goods transported. The limitation refers to carrier liability when paying a claim for lost or damaged goods.