Hague Protocol Amendment of the Warsaw convention at The Hague, September 28, 1955 (air cargo).
Hague Rules International convention for the unification of certain rules, relating to Bills of Lading (1924). These Rules include the description of responsibilities of Shipping Lines.
Hague-Visby Rules Set of rules, published in 1968, amending the Hague Rules.
Hail To attempt to contact another boat or shore, either by voice or radio.
Half Height Container An open top container, fitted with or without soft or hard cover, 4'3" in height.
Haling Way: A alternative name for a Towpath. (see also Hauling Path)
Halyard Light rope or tackle fitted to a staff, spar or gaff used for flying flags.
halyard A line used to hoist a sail or spar. The tightness of the halyard can affect sail shape.
Hamburg Rules United Nations Convention on the carriage of goods by sea of 1978 adopted in 1992.
Hand rail Hand hold. Usually along the cabin top or ladder.
Handling Instructions Indication how cargo is to be handled.
Handling Service Service concerning the physical handling of cargo.
Handsomely Carefully, slowly.
hanging knees Vertical wooden brackets shaped somewhat like human knees; used to support deck beams.
hank An iron ring for hooking a staysail to a stay.
Hanks Rings or piston hooks by which sails are attach to stays
HARBOR DUES Various local charges against all seagoing vessels entering a harbor, to cover maintenance of channel depths, buoys, lights, etc. all harbors do not necessarily have this charge.
HARBOR MASTER A person usually having the experience of a certificated master mariner and having a good knowledge of the characteristics of the port and its whole area. He administers the entire shipping movements that take place in and within reach of the port he is r
Harbormaster The individual who is in charge of a harbor.
Harbour Place of shelter for vessels. Most of the time used as an indication for the geographical location.
HARD AGROUND A vessel which has gone aground and is incapable of refloating under her own power.
Hard Alee the command given to inform the crew that the helm is being turned quickly to leeward, turning the boat windward
HARD CHINE An abrupt intersection between the hull side and the hull bottom of a boat so constructed.
HARD CURRENCY A currency which is sound enough to be accepted internationally and which is usually fully convertible.
Hard: Solid ground to launch boats from or to store boats, the boat is on the Hard.
Hard-a-lee Command to come about
Harden-up To sail a boat closer to the wind
Harmonized System It is a numeric multi purpose system, the international convention on the HS was established under auspices of the World Customs Organisation in 1983, for the classification of goods with its six digits covering about 5000 descriptions of the products or
HARTER ACT(1893) This U.S. statute refers to merchandise or property transported from or between ports of the United States and foreign ports. Now partially superseded by the US Carriage of Goods by Sea Act of 1936.
HATCH An opening in a boat's deck fitted with a watertight cover.
Hatch Cover Watertight means of closing the hatchway of a vessel.
Hatch Way Opening in the deck of a vessel through which cargo is loaded into, or discharged from the hold and which is closed by means of a hatch cover.
Haul To pull in or heave on a line by hand.
Haul out Remove a boat from the water.
Haulage The inland carriage of cargo or containers between named locations/points.
Hauling Path: A alternative name for a Towpath.
Hawse hole A hole in the hull for mooring lines to run through.
hawsepipes Pipes made of heavy cast iron or steel through which the anchor chain runs; placed in the ship's bow on each side of the stem, or in some cases also at the stern when a stern anchor is used.
Hawser A rope that is very large in diameter, usually used when docking large vessels.
Hazard An object that might not allow safe operation. A group of rocks just under the water or a submerged wreck could be a navigational hazard.
Hazing: Giving a man a dog's life by continual work, persistent grumbling and petty tyranny.
HBL Hydrostatic Balanced Loading
HCRF Hydrographic Chart Raster Format
Head top of the sail
HEAD A marine toilet. Also the upper corner of a triangular sail.
Head Fast: Mooring rope leading forward from fore end of a vessel.
Head Sea A sea which is traveling in the opposite direction to that of the boat
Head to Wind: The bow turned into the wind, sails luffing.
Head up To turn the bow more directly into the eye of the wind. The opposite of falling off.
Header A wind shift further forward relative to the boats direction or heading
Heading The actual course of the vessel at any given time.
Headland This is the term given to a prominent piece of land that is jutting out.
Headroom (See Air Draft)
Headsail a sail forward of the mast, a foresail
Headstay The most forward forestay. The line from the bow or bowsprit to the top of the mast. This keeps the mast from falling toward the rear of the boat. The headstay is the farthest forward of all the stays on the boat.
Head-to-wind With the bow against the wind
HEADWAY The forward motion of a boat. Opposite of sternway.
Headway Moving forward.
Heated Container Thermal container served by a heat producing appliance.
Heave To throw or pull strongly on a line.
Heave To to stop a boat and maintain position (with some leeway) by balancing rudder and sail to prevent forward movement, a boat stopped this way is "hove to"
Heave: To lift.
heave-to To rig a boat so that it lies to the wind and sea with as little movement as possible
heaving line A light line used to be thrown ashore, from which a larger rope can then be pulled.
Heaving to To slow or stop the forward motion of the boat, such as when in heavy seas.
heaving to Arranging the sails in such a manner as to slow or stop the forward motion of the boat, such as when in heavy seas.
Heavy Floe: Piece of floating ice more than three feet thick.
Heavy Lift Single commodity exceeding the capacity of normal loading equipment and requiring special equipment and rigging methods for handling.
Heavy Lift Vessel A vessel specially designed and equipped for the carriage of heavy cargo.
Heavy seas When the water has large or breaking waves in stormy conditions.
Heavy weather Stormy conditions, including rough, high seas and strong winds.
Hedging Buying or selling earlier and more than really needed in order to protect the company against price increases or shortages of commodities or components to realise profits when prices fluctuate.
Heel the leeward lean of the boat caused by the winds action on the sails
Heelpost: Is the vertical post of a lock gate where the gate hangs and swings. The back of the post is rounded and turns in a gap known as a Hollow Quoin.
Helm The steering apparatus
Helm Indicator: The instrument used to inform the relative position of the rudder at any one time.
Helmsman The one who steers the boat.
HELMSPERSON The person who steers the boat
Heuristic The process of solving problems by evaluating each step in the progress, searching for satisfactory solutions rather than optimal solutions. It comprises XE "A form of problem solving where the results are determined by ex" a form of problem solving where
HF high frequency
HGE Harmonisation Group on ECDIS
HHARD CHINE An abrupt intersection between the hull side and the hull bottom of a boat so constructed.
HHP High holding power (anchors)
high tide The point of a tide when the water is the highest. The opposite of low tide.
Hike leaning out over the side of the boat to balance it
Hiking Corrective action required to counter the wind pushing on the sails that causes a boat to heal excessively. Accomplished by leaning out over the side of the boat. See graphic on hiking.
Hiking stick Tiller extension
Hiking Straps Straps to hook toes under in cockpit.
Hinterland The inland area served by a certain port.
Hitch (1) To bend a line to or around a ring or cylindrical object; (2) Common term for an enlistment.
Hitch A knot used to attach a line to a cleat or other object.
Hitchment Cargo An amount of goods which is added to an original consignment as the owner and the destination are the same as those of the original consignment.
HNS Convention on the Carriage of Noxious and Hazardous Substances by Sea
HO Hydrographic Office, observed height
Hobblers: The name given to people who offered to work locks for reward. They tended to be old and therefore hobbled.
Hogged Loading condition of a vessel in such a way that the centre of the vessel is slightly raised (arch-wise in the centre).
hoist A power unit for lifting, usually designed to lift from a position directly above the load.
Hoist to raise aloft
HOISTING ROPE Special flexible wire rope for lifting purposes, generally being of six strands with 19 wires in each strand and in most cases having a hemp rope at the center.
HOLD A compartment below deck in a large vessel, used solely for carrying cargo.
Hold in: A canal boat term to steer towards the towpath or the inside of a navigation.
Hold out: To hold out is to steer to the opposite bank, a canal boat term.
holding ground The type of bottom that the anchor is set in.
holding tank A storage tank where sewage is stored until it can be removed to a treatment facility.
Hollow Quoin: A recess in the back of a Heelpost.
Home Port The port of registration of a vessel.
Horizon Where the water and sky or ground and sky appear to intersect.
horn timber A heavy longitudinal timber that angles upward from the stern to support the underside of the fantail.
Horse Marine: Unhandy seaman.
horsepower A unit of power equal in the United States to 746 watts; nearly equivalent to the English gravitational unit of the same name that equals 550 foot-pounds of work per second.
horseshoe buoy A floatation device shaped like a U and thrown to people in the water in emergencies.
Hot Hatch Sequenced on deck loading of containers to enable priority discharge at arrival port usually required for direct discharge to vehicle to meet a Just In Time delivery.
House Address Place of receipt respectively delivery (name and address) in case of carrier haulage.
House to House Transport The transport of cargo from the premises of the consignor to the premises of the consignee.In the United States the term 'Point to Point Transport' is used instead of the term 'Door to Door Transport', because the term 'house' may mean 'customs house' or
Hove To: Lying nearly head to wind and stopped, and maintaining this position by trimming sail or working engines.
Hove: Heaved.
Hoveller: Person who assists in saving life or property from a vessel wrecked near the coast. Often applied to a small boat that lies in narrow waters ready to wait on a vessel, if required.
HOVERCRAFT A vessel used for the transportation of passengers and cargo riding on a cushion of air formed under it. It is very maneuverable and is also amphibious.
HP high pressure
HSC International Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft,IMO
HSE health safety and environmental,Health and Safety Executive
HSWA Health and Safety at Work Act
Hub The central transhipment point in a transport structure, serving a number of consignees and/or consignors by means of spokes. The stretches between hubs mutually are referred to as trunks.
hull The body of a boat
HULL Shell or body of a ship.
Hull Down: Said of a distant ship when her hull is below horizon and her masts and upper works are visible.
hull speed The theoretical speed a boat can travel without planing, based on the shape of its hull. This speed is about 1.34 times the square root of the length of a boat at its waterline. Since most monohull sailboats cannot exceed their hull speed, longer boats are faster.
Hulling: Floating, but at mercy of wind and sea. 2. Piercing the hull with a projectile. 3. Taking in sail during a calm.
Hurricane A strong tropical revolving storm of force 12 or higher. In the northern hemisphere. hurricanes revolve in a clockwise direction. In the southern hemisphere they revolve counterclockwise and are known as typhoons.
Husbanding Taking care of a vessel's non cargo related operations as instructed by the master or owner of such vessel.
Hydrodynamic A shape designed to move efficiently through the water.
Hydrofoil A boat that has foils under its hull onto which it rises to plane across the water surface at high speed.
Hypothermia Abnormal lowering of internal body temperature (heat loss) from exposure to cold air, wind, or water