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A compartment in the accommodation area provided for a passenger or member of the ship complement. With most cabins having their own private toilets, the location of these is important.


1. A rope or chain connecting a vessel to the anchor. 2. Wire or rope primarily used for mooring a ship.

Cable bundles

Arrangement of two or more cables laid parallel and touching one another.

Cable diverter

The cable diverter is sited aft of the cable drum engine and ensures the proper cable deflection and retainment during pick-up operations. This will ensure that the cable fleeting is maintained over 180° of the drum-fleeting ring.

Cable handling equipment, cable machinery

Installation and maintenance of a submarine cable is a complex operation requiring sophisticated tools. The primary cable handling equipment of a typical cable-layer is designed...

Cable handling operations

- Cable laying – When laying off, the primary need is to control the speed and tension at which the cable departs the ship. This control is done by means of cable machines:

Cable layer SEGERO

According to the Maritime Reporter December 1998 The SEGERO was built in 1998 by Hanjin Heavy Industries Co. for Korea Submarine Telecom.

Cable laying and repair vessel ATLANTIC GUARDIAN

According to MER April 2002 The 3250dwt stern working cable vessel was built by Van der Giessen-de Noord BV, The Netherlands, in 2001.

Cable lifter, chain lifter, wildcat

Steel casting in the form of a deeply-grooved drum with whelps which engage the links of the anchor chain.

Cable tray

Pre-fabricated steel devices for securing of permanently installed cables onboard a vessel or an offshore rig. The cable trays are welded or bolted.

Cable vessel

A special ship designed to perform cable operations such as repair, laying and ploughing, usually combined repair-and-layer ship.


Coastal trade, i.e. transport of goods by ship between ports along the same coast or between ports within the same country. Many nations, including the United States...


The process in which the readings of an instrument are compared to some standard or known value.

Calibration gas

A gas with an accurately known concentration that is used as a comparative standard in analytical instrumentation.

Calling port, the port of call

Port where a ship moors (or anchors) and crew are allowed to leave the ship to visit the port. Crew baggage and ship stores will not normally be loaded or off-loaded at calling ports.

Calorific value

The heat energy released during combustion of fuel.


A shaped projection on a rotating shaft which imparts a motion, usually linear, to a follower.


The curvature of the deck in a transverse direction. Camber is measured between the deck height at the centre and the deck height at the side.


A fender used to keep a vessel away from a pier or quay to prevent pier or hull damage; usually a floating body with massive padding of rope, tires, etc.


A shaft fitted with one or more cams and driven by a mechanism from the crankshaft.

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