Trimming Dunnage Tallying

Trimming applies to bulk cargoes such as coal, where the surface of the loaded cargo needs to be levelled out to make best use for the space available and to minimise the danger of the cargo shifting in the hold during the voyage.

Dunnage is timber used to prevent metal to metal contact between cargo and the ship’s hold or between (for example) steel plates, and to stop loose items from moving around in the hold during the voyage.

Tallying is the name given to the procedure of checking the number of packages, as they are loaded/discharged.

Stevedores although technically the name for those working on the ship itself during the loading/discharging is often used to describe all the loading/discharging labour.