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a cargo plane (=for carrying goods)
▪ cargo planes carrying emergency supplies for victims of the earthquake
▪ Builders' Merchants. General cargo continued to flow through the port but there was a gradual decline in dock activity.
▪ A: Air couriers act as delivery persons for packages too urgent or sensitive to fly as general cargo.
▪ Some are general cargo boats, often carrying goods in containers.
▪ Other services include general cargo handling, marine fuel product storage and wholesale electrical supplies.
▪ For six weeks a jury has heard the callousness with which the lorry driver treated his human cargo.
▪ This is human cargo land-people nobody wants, trying to get somewhere.
▪ Then they would unload their human cargo and speed back, using a different route, to repeat the process.
▪ Boats raced to the ship and ferried its human cargo toland.
▪ He passed through Istanbul in two months-more quickly than most of the city's human cargo.
▪ The firm represents a large number of cargo shipping lines.
▪ More people are looking for a versatile vehicle, one that would have towing capacity and larger cargo capacity.
▪ Steamers could carry larger volumes of cargo than sailing vessels and do it more frequently and regularly.
▪ Points to look for Extension top Allows larger cargoes of light materials like leaves, to be transported with much less spillage.
▪ Today, the airport handles 460 flights, 84,000 passengers and 5,600 tonnes of air cargo each day.
▪ A series of area road improvements could help Brown Field take flight as an air cargo hub.
▪ Quite simply, the use of fast, reliable air cargo services adds value to any product.
▪ Longer runway preferred How would an air cargo hub affect those developments?
▪ Hoffman said the end of the tether draped in the cargo bay was discolored, perhaps charred by burning.
▪ There were cargo bays and airlocks situated at random among the folds and spirals, but all of them remained closed.
▪ The boats averaged four to six miles an hour, and had right of way over cargo boats on the canal.
▪ Some are general cargo boats, often carrying goods in containers.
▪ After coal, building materials figured importantly among bulk cargoes.
▪ Underneath some shabby canvas tarps on the cargo deck were stacked a dozen bulky mattresses and twenty thick pine boards.
▪ Riker threw me the box and walked back to sit on the edge of the cargo deck.
▪ He slammed the butt of the weapon on my cargo deck and the thing went off.
▪ The scurrying grunts tossed a foot-filled boot on to the cargo deck.
▪ We landed about a hundred feet from the headquarters ten, sinking into the grass up to the cargo deck.
▪ Stacked on the cargo deck, they still fought, frozen inside their rubber bags, arms and legs stiffly askew.
▪ An expert on air accidents believes that the aircraft was de-stabilised after opening its cargo door for a low-level drop.
▪ Additional modifications to the cargo door locking and pressurisation systems are being considered as part of a continued investigation effort.
▪ Commercial and cargo flights would be allowed as long as they were inspected at their departure points.
▪ She was in the cargo hold, standing on the ribbed floor of the shuttle next to the loading hatch.
▪ And a third beam was forced into the cargo hold.
▪ Demyonov had gone home last week in an elaborate casket dark inside the cargo hold of a Tupolev airliner.
▪ That would force airline workers to retrieve that travelers' bag from the cargo hold.
▪ Chests of tea and bales of wool can be found in the lower cargo hold.
▪ There were dull thuds from the cargo hold.
▪ If the wiring were overheating, it could have caused oxygen-generating canisters in the cargo hold to explode, he said.
▪ The operation would use 11 military cargo planes and would eventually cost over US$200,000,000.
▪ They suggest an advanced design of the C.141 Starlifter cargo plane.
▪ These cargo planes are the modern equivalents of the tramp steamer.
▪ That cargo plane of yours has a range of three thousand, six hundred sea miles.
▪ The paratroops, known as Task Force Red, dropped in two waves from C-141 cargo planes.
▪ Q: I have heard that you can reach many places in the world as passengers on cargo ships.
▪ During a routine docking maneuver to resupply, we collided with a cargo ship.
▪ And Weider Travel, of Felixstowe, has offered them a place on the cargo ship Sexton.
▪ Lying in the anchorage were two light cruisers, a number of destroyers, and about ten cargo ships.
▪ The only retail travel agency in Britain specialising in passenger journeys on board cargo ships.
▪ Tankers and cargo ships make easy targets.
▪ A river passenger boat crashed into a cargo ship and sank on the Amazon on March 7 after leaving Iquitos.
▪ It offers 118 cubic feet of cargo space, or five times the trunk space of a Buick Regal.
▪ Then Hay wrestled a nylon bag crammed with playthings from the cargo space behind the third passenger seat.
▪ Since the sacrifice of a single one of these cargo vessels caused terrible losses, merchants yearned to avoid the inevitable.
▪ No warships were present, but considerable damage was inflicted on cargo vessels, with which the harbor was jammed.
▪ Charterers have recently shown growing concern about the standards of maintenance of ships carrying their cargoes.
▪ The train cars carrying cargo trucks are not sealed.
▪ Steel was stronger so boats could be built with thinner plates, making them lighter and so able to carry more cargo.
▪ The sperm carries just a nucleus cargo, a mitochondrial engine, and a flagellum propeller.
▪ You can't fault Ayckbourn's production but, for once, his comic vessel has problems carrying such emotionally heavy cargo.
▪ For Sealink Ferries claimed it was too dangerous to carry as cargo.
▪ She was built to carry dry cargo such as fruit and groceries in crates, aluminium or copper.
▪ For example a ship called the Felicia left Philadelphia in August 1986 carrying a cargo of incinerator ash containing harmful metal residues.
▪ During the next four weeks we steamed from one port to another, unloading and loading a variety of cargoes.
▪ The berths were practically dry at low water and vessels lay aground on the mud bottom whilst loading and discharging their cargoes.
▪ I moved about uncomfortably, listening to the thumps on the roof as they loaded up the cargo.
▪ Then they would unload their human cargo and speed back, using a different route, to repeat the process.
▪ Patients could watch trains load and unload cargo from the ships docked at the waterfront.
▪ There they found two boats tied up alongside the wharf, waiting to unload their cargo of dolphin corpses.
▪ The stretcher bearers ran out to unload the cargo.
▪ On the other hand, he could find he had been selected to unload a valuable cargo such as palm kernels.
▪ It became the head of navigation where they unloaded their cargoes.
▪ The ship was carrying a cargo of oil-drilling equipment.
▪ By the March meeting, negotiators will have assessed new cargo preparation costs and additional experiment preparation expenses.
▪ During 1991, Bontang exported 197 contracted standard cargoes.
▪ He said it contained his own private cargo and that he wanted to unload it himself.
▪ Hoffman said the end of the tether draped in the cargo bay was discolored, perhaps charred by burning.
▪ In autumn and winter the cargoes were damsons, tomatoes, marrows, cucumbers, apples, and pears.
▪ Steel was stronger so boats could be built with thinner plates, making them lighter and so able to carry more cargo.
▪ The Department of Transportation classifies the oxygen generators as hazardous materials when carried as company material in cargo compartments.
▪ These so-called cargo cults became bizarre, microcosmic societies that survived almost entirely on hopes and dreams that might never be realized.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cargo \Car"go\, n.; pl. Cargoes. [Sp. cargo, carga, burden, load, from cargar to load, from cargar to load, charge, See Charge.] The lading or freight of a ship or other vessel; the goods, merchandise, or whatever is conveyed in a vessel or boat; load; freight.

Cargoes of food or clothing.
--E. Everett.

Note: The term cargo, in law, is usually applied to goods only, and not to live animals or persons.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, "freight loaded on a ship," from Spanish cargo "burden," from cargar "to load, impose taxes," from Late Latin carricare "to load on a cart" (see charge (v.)). South Pacific cargo cult is from 1949. Cargo pants attested from 1977.


n. 1 freight carried by a ship, aircraft etc. 2 (''Papua New Guinea'') Western material goods.

  1. n. goods carried by a large vehicle [syn: lading, freight, load, loading, payload, shipment, consignment]

  2. [also: cargoes (pl)]


In economics, cargo or freight are goods or produce being conveyed – generally for commercial gain – by ship, boat, or aircraft, although the term is now often extended to cover all types of freight, including that carried by train, van, truck, or intermodal container. The term cargo is also used in case of goods in the cold-chain, because the perishable inventory is always in transit towards a final end-use, even when it is held in cold storage or other similar climate-controlled facility.

Multi-modal container units, designed as reusable carriers to facilitate unit load handling of the goods contained, are also referred to as cargo, specially by shipping lines and logistics operators. Similarly, aircraft ULD boxes are also documented as cargo, with associated packing list of the items contained within. When empty containers are shipped each unit is documented as a cargo and when goods are stored within, the contents are termed as containerised cargo.

Cargo (album)

Cargo is the second studio album by Australian pop rock band Men at Work, which was released in April 1983. (see 1983 in music). It peaked at No. 1 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart, No. 2 in New Zealand, No. 3 on the United States Billboard 200, and No. 8 on the United Kingdom Albums Chart. Four singles were released from the album, with " Overkill" being an international top 10 hit in Canada, Ireland, Norway, and US Billboard Hot 100.

Cargo (band)
For the jazz band, see Cargo (jazz band).

Cargo is a Romanian Heavy Metal band from Timişoara, founded by the guitarist Adrian Bărar in 1985.

Cargo (disambiguation)

Cargo refers transported goods or produce. It may also refer to:

Cargo (2006 film)

Cargo is a 2006 thriller film. It was directed by Clive Gordon, produced by Andrea Calderwood and Juan Gordon, and written by Paul Laverty. The film features the actors Peter Mullan, Daniel Brühl, Luis Tosar, Samuli Edelmann and Gary Lewis.

Cargo (cosmetics)

CARGO is a Canadian cosmetics company founded in 1996 by Hana Zalzal. Originally based in Toronto, Ontario, it is now a multimillion dollar company with makeup sold in five different countries. A signature of the brand is their oversize metal tins of lip gloss. The name CARGO comes from the idea that makeup is every woman's "cargo."

Having received many awards and being a global corporation, CARGO has become a well-known and respected brand. Some awards received include the Red Dot award from Germany for design, and the Canadian "Top 40 Under 40" award.

Cargo (2009 film)

Cargo is a 2009 science fiction film, the first from Swiss production and the first major feature film by Ivan Engler.

Cargo (2013 film)

Cargo is a 2013 Australian short film directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, written by Ramke, and starring Andy Rodoreda as a father who must protect his young daughter (Ruth Venn) during a zombie apocalypse. It was made for the Tropfest short film festival, where it was a finalist. It went viral after it was uploaded to YouTube, and it was featured on many web sites.

Cargo (store)

Cargo was a British homewares retail chain, with 43 stores in London and south-east England.

The company was established in London in 1876, by 20-year-old James Waller Carpenter, under the trading name of JW Carpenter Ltd. The group underwent several rebrands in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming Carpenter's In-House, Carpenter's and Carpenter's Cargo before becoming Cargo Homeshop in 1997. In May 2004, JW Carpenter was bought by Steinhoff, one of the world's largest furniture retailers, which owns UK high street brands Harveys Furniture and Bensons for Beds.

In 2015 Steinhoff announced the chain would be merged with Bensons for Beds and would continue as an online presence. The website closed down shortly before the last couple of stores closed down.

Usage examples of "cargo".

Located where the Tailaroam River emptied into the Glittergeist Sea, the port was abustle with traffic as cargo was transferred from barges and keelboats to ocean-going freighters or animal-drawn wagons destined for the numerous towns and cities sprinkled through the vast forest known as the Bell woods.

He issued instructions to have the CRAF aircraft inspected by maintenance experts from his old squadron and, if it passed muster, have it put back in service and flown to Atlanta for repainting as an Aer Lingus cargo aircraft on charter to the UN.

All thirty-eight members of the ISEG had been deployed to the British base area in Oman, and the MD-80 aircraft that Robertson had ordered had been repainted as an Aer Lingus cargo plane on charter to the UN.

It had been discovered that two large airfreighters working on a rapid shuttle service could bring in only a little less than the average cargo boat could carry in the same length of time, but the cost was high, and in spite of the rationing system the cost of living had already risen by about two hundred per cent.

She actually remembered that contract, a cargo of rosilk, to be sold on Akra Leuke.

Mr Blenkinsop, has just told me that tomorrow morning a delegation from the new Dey, Hassan, will arrive to congratulate His Majesty on the defeat of Bonaparte, to announce his own accession, and to settle a point at issue the Algerine galley and its alleged cargo.

I informed Lieutenant Alima that a freighter owned by Han Solo would be blasting out of here with two droids as its primary cargo.

Irene reached its destination, other skiffs were making their own way to the Axumite warship from other Roman craft, bearing their own cargoes.

The Dutch claimed that whenever their ships ran aground or were wrecked on the coast of Bali, the Balinese would salvage the cargo.

On some empty Iranian or Baluchi beach, they would rendezvous at dawn with the receivers, off-load their cargo of cheap cigarettes and take on board, surprisingly angora goats so valued in Oman.

Chief rivers are the Bhagirathi, Damodar, Ajai, Banka, Kunur and Khari, of which only the Bhagirathi is navigable by country cargo boats throughout the year.

In a strong northeaster they rounded Cape Antonio the next morning and headed southwest down the Yucatan Channel toward Barranquilla to pick up a neutral cargo of mahogany and rosewood, and not incidentally, an important British subject.

Two of the spaceplanes had simply loaded the lifeboats into their cargo bays and de-orbited, carrying them down to Durrell.

She started for the cargo hatch while Bigfoot shut down, jerked the umbilical out of the fuel receptacle, capped it, and closed and secured the latch.

Even in the cargo hold, where Bigfoot had spread out some cushions left there for him by Tony, a wallscreen was picking up the Transglobal feed.