Marine Bulk Liquids Transportation Use Case



Bill of Lading (B/L)

A document that establishes the terms of a contract between a shipper and a transportation company. It serves as a document of title, a contract of carriage and a receipt for goods.


Arrangements with a carrier for the acceptance and carriage of freight; i.e., a space reservation.

Charter Party

A written contract between the owner of a vessel and the person desiring to employ the vessel (charterer); sets forth the terms of the arrangement such as duration of agreement, freight rate and ports involved in the trip.




A person who arranges for transportation of loads for a percentage of the revenue from the load.


The person desiring to employ a vessel.

Customhouse Broker

A person or firm, licensed by the treasury department of their country when required, engaged in entering and clearing goods through Customs for a client (importer).


Article shipped. For dangerous and hazardous cargo, the correct commodity identification is critical.

Freight Forwarder

A person whose business is to act as an agent on behalf of the shipper. A freight forwarder frequently makes the booking reservation.

Ship Owner/Operator

The transportation company that owns and operates the transport vessel(s) and is responsible for the safe transport of the commodity.


The entity that ships commodity.


A person whose business is to act as an agent on behalf of the shipper. A surveyor verifies the quantity of the commodity at transfer points specified by the shipper.



Transport Process