Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading

LOA (Length Overall)

Linear measurement of a vessel from bow to stern.

What is LOA (Length Overall)?

Length overall is the maximum length of a vessel's hull measured parallel to the waterline. This length is important while docking the ship. It is the most commonly used way of expressing the size of a ship, and is also used for calculating the cost of a marina berth. LOA is usually measured on the hull alone.