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  • Kilo or Knot 
  • Ship Stability: Symbol for keel 
  • K OW 
    Octanol-water partition coefficient. The ratio of a chemical's solubility in n-octanol and water at steady state; also expressed as P. The logarithm of P or K OW (i.e., log P or K OW) is used as an indication of a chemical's propensity of bioconcentration
  • K.D. 
    Knocked down 
  • K.D.F. 
    Knocked down flat 
  • Kamsramax 
    A Kamsarmax type bulk carrier is basically a 82,000 dwt Panamax with an increased LOA = 229 m (for Port Kamsar in Equatorial Guinea). 
  • Karl Fischer 
    The measurement of small amounts of water in oils and fats is most suitably done by the Karl Fischer procedure in which the water is reacted with a special reagent. Unlike methods using oven drying, the Karl Fischer method is specific for water. It is par
  • KB 
    Ship Stability: Linear, distance from the keel to the center of buoyancy. 
  • Keel 
    Longitudinal girder at lowest point of a ship, from which the framework is built up. The keel provides ship with stability and structural integrity. 
  • Kelp Dredger 
    A vessel equipped for harvesting kelp seaweed 
  • KERO 
  • Kerosene 
    A petroleum product which boils between naphtha gasoil. This cut's distillation range can vary to accommodate other products. Many refiners want to take naphtha as high as 350 or 375 F. In those cases, the kerosene cut has a rather high initial boiling po
  • Ketone 
    An important starting material and intermediate in organic synthesis. Many ketones of industrial significance are used as solvents, perfumes, and flavoring agents or as intermediates in the manufacture of plastics, dyes, and pharmaceuticals. 
  • KG 
    Ship Stability: Height of center of gravity of the vessel above keel or baseline 
  • KG 
  • KI 
    Klasifikasi Indonesia 
  • Kilogram 
    1,000 grams or 2.2046 pounds. 
  • Kinematic viscosity 
    A measure of liquid's rate of flow under gravity. The standard test of this property determines the time a sample of material requires to drain through a laboratory vessel. 
  • King Pin 
    A coupling pin centered on the front underside of a chassis; couples to the tractor. 
  • KMC 
    cargo refrigerating system 
  • KN 
  • KN or KTS or KNOTS 
    Nautical miles per hour 
  • Knocked Down (KD) 
    Articles which are taken apart to reduce the cubic footage displaced or to make a better shipping unit and are to be re–assembled 
  • Knocking 
    Preignition. If the gasolineair vapor in a motor's cylinders is too compressed, the heat produced will cause it to ignite without the aid of a spark. This uncontrolled combustion probably will not occur at the ideal moment to transfer energy and promote r
  • Knot 
    One nautical mile (6,076 feet or 1852 meters) per hour. In the days of sail, speed was measured by tossing overboard a log which was secured by a line. Knots were tied into the line at intervals of ap- proximately six feet. The number of knots measured wa
  • Known Loss 
    A loss discovered before or at the time of delivery of a shipment. 
  • Kommandittselskap (K/S) 
    Limited partnership. A form of shipfinancing  
  • KOS 
  • KPH 
    Kilometres per hour 
  • KPIA 
    Korean Petrochemical Industry Association . 
  • KR 
    Korea or Korean Register 
  • KRS 
  • KT 
  • KT 
    Kilo ton 
  • KTM 
    Keel To Mast 
  • Kyoto Protocol 
    International agreement, adopted under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions  
  • Kilogram 
    1,000 grams or 2.2046 pounds.