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A device of rope or wire rope for securing a body to prevent motion in seaway. Lashings are usually adjustable.

Note :

In Great Britain, devices for securing buoys or boats, consisting of bands or chains, are called gripes.

Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)

International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM