Another term for dock, a chamber from which the water can be drained to facilitate work on a watercraft's bottom. Often incorrectly used to refer to a moorage, jetty, float or wharf. Cale à Sèche in French.
A general term which refers to any device which hauls the hull of a ship clear of the water for maintenance and repairs, other than those devices which depend upon the tidal cycle. Usually refers to a floating dry dock or a graving dock.
A facility used in effecting repairs to the bottom of ships. There are two major kinds. floating drydock is a hollow steel structure that can be submerged with water ballast. The ship is then positioned over the submerged dock. The ballast is then pumped out and the dock, on rising, lifts the ship out of the water. The other kind of repair facility is the graving dock, which is defined elsewhere in this glossary.
excavated basin with entrance that can be closed by a watertight gate; entire basin can be pumped dry to expose the underwater section of a ships hull for inspection and maintenance; also known as graving dock compare floating dock
A dock with closing doors into which large ships can sail and from which the water can be pumped or drained out. Essential for substantial engineering works below the water line, in particular for painting with anti-fouling paint.