- "Explorer, Dr. Stone requesting faster transport to bay area. Explorer, do you copy?"
- ―Ryan Stone
A ship's hold is a space for carrying cargo. Cargo in holds may be either packaged in crates, bales, etc., or unpackaged (bulk cargo). Access to holds is by a large hatch at the top. Ships have had holds for centuries; an alternative way to carry cargo is in standardised shipping containers, which may be loaded into appropriate holds or carried on deck.