Definition of Freighter

One who charters a ship to transport cargo; also, the vessel so chartered. The party by whom a vessel is engaged or chartered; otherwise called the "charterer.” In French law, the owner of a vessel is called the "freighter” ( freteur); the merchant who hires it is called the "affreighter” (affreteur).

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