lighterage

[lahy-ter-ij]
noun
1.
the use of lighters in loading and unloading ships and in transporting goods for short distances.
2.
a fee paid for lighter service.

Origin:
1475–85; lighter2 + -age

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lighterage (ˈlaɪtərɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  the conveyance or loading and unloading of cargo by means of a lighter
2.  the charge for this service

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Small sloops are used for lighterage when necessary.
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