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Information for Mariners

Port, harbour or terminal.. What's the difference?

If you are not in the mairitime industry, you may be unaware that there are various descriptions for places where maritime vessels can dock. A port is not the same thing as a harbour or terminal.
As such, we hope to clarify these different terms for you in the information provided below.

UK Shipping Ports

The UK economy is the seventh largest in the world and domestic UK ports play a vital role in the UK economy.  UK ports are amongst the most competitive and efficient in the world, they handle over 95% of UK imports and exports and in 2008, the value of trade through British ports was around £340 billion.  Although the global recession during 2009 and 2010 has had an impact on the amount of traffic through ports in the UK, domestic ports and shipping still make a sizeable contribution to the UK economy.

Parasitic Worms - Potential Hazards to Mariners

Introduction

Parasitic worms - correctly called helminths - that cause diseases in humans, are not related to earthworms, in spite of the appearance of some of them. Many different species are found in various parts of the world. Mariners may therefore be at risk, not only when they go ashore but also from those that parasitise some of the animals carried as cargo or as shipboard pets.