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Loading dock

The area of a building accessible from the street, and convenient to the transportation systems within the building, that provides for the loading and unloading of commercial vehicles.

loading platform, loading dock

1. An elevated platform at the shipping or delivery door of a building or adjacent to the stage of a theater; usually at the same height as the floor of a motor truck or railroad car to facilitate loading or unloading.
2. A platform on a theater stage for storing counterweights, 2.
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As with other members of the Transit family the cargo bay anchor points are fixed to the sidewalls to keep the loadbed clutter free.
He allegedly told police an accomplice placed him in the cargo bay of a bus running from Barcelona's Girona airport to the city, boarded the bus and then retrieved him at the end of the line.
The Venga will be equipped with a sliding 60/40 split rear seat that also folds flat into the floor to create a large cargo bay with a twin-level boot floor.
The massive cargo bay of the C17 Globemaster transport plane has been turned into an airborne emergency room, packed with the hi-tech equipment which keeps injured men alive.
The company said that the integrated fire and overheat protection system comprises of engine/Auxiliary Power Unit fire detection and extinguishing, cargo bay smoke detection, overheat detection system and integrated control unit.
Japanese astronaut Takao Doi, in cooperation with crew commander Dominic Gorie, operated the shuttle's robotic arm and picked up the component, a stowage module for the ''Kibo'' laboratory, from the shuttle's cargo bay and moved it to the attachment area on the space station.
Fossum works in Space Shuttle Discovery's cargo bay during a mission this summer.
A witness said: "It managed to crawl into an area between the cargo bay and passenger area.
Camera two will be in the cargo bay of Atlantis for the launch of the next Shuttle mission, STS-121, launched on 1st July 2006.
Developed nations have enough halon 1301 which is used in cargo bay and engine fire--fighting equipment--to last some 25 years, by which time a replacement should be available, explains John O'Sullivan, a member of the UNEP Halons Technical Options Committee and fire representative for the International Air Transport Association in Montreal.
The intense scrutiny and concern over putting the Centaur in the space shuttle's cargo bay was not due to any anti-Centaur bias from MSFC or Johnson Space Center; rather, it reflected the intense safety reviews of everything that was being prepared to fly on the space shuttle in the 1985 time frame.
They planned to transfer a cargo container from the station back into the cargo bay in preparation for the ship's undocking from the station, set for tomorrow.