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Hatch

A gateway or cover for a divide between decks of a ship. See also: International trade.
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LafargeHolcim also led an initiative to have the pneumatic hatches installed in the tankers used by the company's third-party carriers.
If the hatches are open during operation, you must make sure they're locked open.
"Walleye abundance and the sport catch have been declining over recent years in Lake Erie due to below-average hatches since 2003," Knight acknowledges.
Many experts in Britain would welcome the hatches. Dr Keith Ashcroft, a child neglect psychologist, says: "Any option to help save one life has to be a good thing." But a Department of Health spokesman says it has no plans to introduce baby hatches.
The primary source of confusion regarding the protection of roof openings relates to roof hatches. There are several options for roof hatches that a building owner/manager must consider.
After the intruder chick hatches, it kills its young nestmates by shoving them overboard.
In many bird species, hatch order can have an impact on chick growth if the brood hatches asynchronously.
The madness is about the advent of a season--the Eastern spring mayfly season--and the arrival of the "First Four" major mayfly hatches in the region.
So by the time a snail hatches, it's already well formed.
Himont U.S.A., for example, has an extensive inspection facility where mechanical components, ladders, walkways, caps, compartment linings, hatches and valves are examined and, if necessary, repaired.