Latching is the movement of a watercraft over a short distance, even without its own drive such as a motor or sail. Here, the water vehicle is hawsers , warps, an anchor or kedge , a boat hook or by pushing off of other objects such as other ships or piles by hand or by means of capstan moves from one location to another.
Lashing usually takes place in a port . For example
- if a ship changes from one berth to another berth within a port,
- a ship unloads cargo on a quay and then moves to another part of the port to bunker there ,
- a ship in a dock hauled or from a dock,
- a ship is turned over bow or stern
- or from land by hand, horse or vehicle towed .
- Sailing ships are moved to another place when the wind is onshore, where the wind is more favorable to cast off.
In commercial shipping ports, mooring charges are similar to those for berthing or casting off. Just like all other movements, repetitions must be registered with the port operator.