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State of the Operator
State in which the operator has its principal place of business or, if it has no such place of business, its permanent residence (air cargo).  
Steamship Agency
Agency representing a steamship company that does not have an office in the particular port. Performs services to maintain operations on behalf of vessel owners.  
Steamship Conference
Group of steamship operators that operate under mutually agreed-upon freight rates and other conditions.  
Steering of Containers
Function, with the aid of specific software, for tracking and forecasting (IRMA, MINKA), to direct empty containers to areas of demand at minimum cost.  
Stem
Foremost part of a vessel.  
Stern
Aftermost part of a vessel.  
Stevedore
Company which executes the loading, stowing and discharging of vessels.  
Stock
Materials in a supply chain or in a segment of a supply chain, expressed in quantities, locations and/or values. Synonym: Inventory when used as a generic term, common in the USA and extensive in the UK  
Stock Control
Systematic administration of stock quantity levels.  
Stock Keeping Unit
Description of the unit of measurement by which the stock items are recorded on the stock record.  
Stock List
Inventory
Stock Locator System
System in which all places within a warehouse are named or numbered.  
Stock Point
Point in the supply chain meant to keep materials available.  
Stock Record
Record of the quantity of stock of a single item, often containing a history of recent transactions and information for controlling the replenishment of stock.  
Storage
Placing goods into a warehouse.  
Storage Charge
Fee for keeping goods in a warehouse.  
Stores
Provisions and supplies on board required for running a vessel.  
Stowage
Placing and securing of cargo or containers on board a vessel or an aircraft or of cargo in a container.  
Stowage Factor
Ratio of a cargo's cubic measurement to its weight, expressed in cubic feet to the ton or cubic meters to the tonne, used in order to determine the total quantity of cargo which can be loaded in a certain space.  
Stowage Instructions
Details about the way certain cargo is to be stowed.  
Stowage Plan
Plan indicating the locations on the vessel of all the consignments. Bay Plan
Stowaway
Unwanted person who hides on board of a vessel or an aircraft to get free passage, to evade port officials, etc.  
Straddle Carrier
Wheeled vehicle designed to lift and carry shipping containers within its own framework. It is used for moving, and stacking shipping containers at a container terminal.  
Straddle Crane
Crane usually running on rails and spanning an open area such as rail-tracks or roadways.  
Straight Bill of Lading
Non-negotiable Bill of Lading in which the goods are consigned directly to a named consignee.  



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