Kanban A method which during storage uses standard units or lot sizes with a single card attached to each. A pull system used at a stock point in which a supply batch is ordered only when a previous batch is withdrawn.
Keb A long handled rake used to clear debris from waterways and locks.
Keckling Winding small rope around a cable or hawser to prevent damage by chafing. 2. The rope with which a cable is keckled.
Kedge A small auxiliary anchor. Also, to kedge is to move a vessel by setting out a kedge and pulling the boat toward it by taking up on the anchor rode
kedging 1) A method of pulling a boat out of shallow water when it has run aground. A dinghy is used to set an anchor, then the boat is pulled toward the anchor. Those steps are repeated until the boat is in deep enough water to float.2) A traditionally shaped anchor having flukes perpendicular to the stock of the anchor and connected by a shank. These are less common than modern anchors such as the plow and lightweight anchors.
Keel Longitudinal girder at the lowest point of a vessel from which the framework is built.
KEEL The centerline of a boat running fore and aft; the backbone of a vessel.
keel A steel beam or timber, or a series of steel beams and plates or timbers joined together, extending along the center of the bottom of a ship from stem to stern and often projecting below the bottom, to which the frames and hull plating are attached.
Keel A flat surface built into the bottom of the boat to reduce the leeway caused by the wind pushing against the side of the boat. A keel also usually has some ballast to help keep the boat upright and prevent it from heeling too much.
keelson A structure of timbers or steel beams that are bolted to the top of a keel to increase its strength. Also spelled kelson.
Kelter: Good order and readiness.
Kenning: Sixteenth-century term for a sea distance at which high land could be observed from a ship. Varied between 14 and 22 miles according to average atmospheric conditions in a given area.
Kentledge: Permanent pip iron ballast specially shaped and placed along each side of keelson. Name is sometimes given to any iron ballast.
Ketch a two-masted ship with a small mast mounted forward of the rudder post
Key of Keelson: Fictitious article for which greenhorns at sea are sometimes sent.
Keystone: The central wedge-shaped stone at the summit of an arch, locking the others in position.
Killick: Nautical name for an anchor. Originally, was a stone used as an anchor.
Kimbal Tag A label containing bar coded information about product size, colour etc.
Kind of Packing Description of the packaging material used for goods to be transported.
King Pin The coupling pin, welded or bolted in the centre of the front underside of a semi-trailer chassis, which couples to the fifth wheel of the towing tractor or dolly convertor.
king post A strong vertical post used to support a ship's windlass and the heel of a ship's bowsprit. Also called a sampson post.
Kippage: Former name for the equipment of a vessel, and included the personnel.
Knightheads Timbers that support bowspirit.
KNOT A fastening made by interweaving rope to form a stopper, to enclose or bind an object, to form a loop or a noose, to tie a small rope to an object, or to tie the ends of two small ropes together.
knot A speed unit of 1 nautical mile (6,076 feet or 1.852 kilometers) per hour. Rate of motion equal to 1 nautical mile per hour (about 1.15 miles per hour) A fastening made by interweaving rope to form a stopper, to enclose or bind an object, to form a loop o
Knots This is the unit of measurement for gauging a vessel's speed at sea - 1 knot = 1.85 km/hour.
Knots per Hour: An expression never used by careful seamen, being tautological and illogical.
KR Korean Register of Shipping (classification society)
Kraken: Fabulous sea monster supposed to have been seen off coasts of America and Norway. Sometimes mistaken for an island.
Kyoto Convention The convention for the International Customs Co-operation Council held in Kyoto in 1974 for the simplification and harmonisation of national customs procedures.On 25th of June 1999 the updated and restructured International Convention on the simplificatio