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M.V.
Motor Vessel.  
MAFI Trailer
German brand name of a roll trailer used for RoRo purposes.  
Maiden Trip
First voyage of a vessel or aircraft after delivery to its owner(s).  
Main-Line Operator
Abbreviation: MLO. Carrier employing vessel(s) in the main or principal routes in a trade but not participating within a consortium.  
Maintenance Chain
Sequence of events in a goods flow which preserves and/or restores the value of a specific good. E.g. repair.  
Manifest
Document which lists the specifications of goods loaded in a means of transport or equipment for transportation purposes. As a rule cargo manifests are drawn up by the agents in the place of loading. Note: For shipping, a manifest represents an accumulation of Bills of Lading for official and administrative purposes.  
Marine Gas Oil. Fuel used for operating the vessel.
At or in the middle of a vessel.  
Marine Insurance Policy
Insurance policy protecting the insured against loss or damage to goods which occurred during transportation.  
Marking (or Marks)
Letters, numbers, and other symbols placed on cargo packages to facilitate identification.  
Marks
Shipping Marks
Master Air Waybill
Abbreviation: MAWB. Air Waybill issued by the originating airline when more than one airline is involved with a shipment, or when a freight forwarder issues a House Air Waybill. Air WaybillHouse Air Waybill
Mate's Receipt
Document signed by the chief officer of a vessel acknowledging the receipt of a certain consignment on board of that vessel. On this document, remarks can be made as to the order and condition of the consignment.  
Material Circumstance
Any circumstances which would influence the judgment of a prudent underwriter in determining whether to accept a risk and the amount of premium to charge.  
Material Representation
Statement made to the underwriter before acceptance of risk which is material to the decision in accepting and rating the risk.  
Materials Handling
Activities of loading, unloading, placing and manipulating material and of in-process movement.  
Means of Transport
Type of vehicle used for the transport of goods (e.g. aircraft, barge, truck, ship or train).  
Measurement Ton
Ton of one cubic meter water.  
Mechanics Lien
Legal enforceable claim that a person who has performed work or provided materials is permitted to make against title to the property or as a preferential person in the event the estate or business is liquidated.  
Medical First Aid Guide
Abbreviation: MFAG. Instructions to be consulted in case of accidents involving dangerous goods. Dangerous Goods
Merchant
For cargo carried under the terms and conditions of the carrier's Bill of Lading and of a tariff, it means any trader or persons (e.g. shipper, consignee) and including anyone acting on their behalf, owning or entitled to possession of the goods.  
Merchant Haulage
Inland transport of cargo in shipping containers arranged by the merchant. It includes empty container-moves to and from hand-over points with respect to containers released by the carrier to merchants. Note: Carrier's responsibility under the Bill of Lading does not include the inland transport stretch under merchant haulage.  
Merchant Inspired Carrier Haulage
Carrier haulage by a carrier, which is nominated by the shipper or receiver of the goods, but paid by the carrier.  
Meta-Centric Height
Distance between the center of gravity of a vessel and a fictitious point. If the meta-centric height is zero or negative, the vessel will heel or capsize.  
MFAG
Medical First Aid Guide
MFN
Most Favored Nation Status



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