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Abbreviation

An abbreviation (from Latin brevis, meaning "short") is a shortened form of a word or phrase. Usually, but not always, it consists of a letter or group of letters taken from the word or phrase. For example, the word abbreviation can itself be represented by the abbreviation abbr. or abbrev.

Before the e-mail, telex was the usual way of communication between ships and people/offices onshore.
The cost of sending a telex was based on number of words in the message.
In an effort to lower these cost, many abbreviations were introduced.

A collection of abbrevations used in shipping.
AA
AAAA
AAPA
AARA
ABS
ABT
ADCOM
AFSPS
AGW
A/H
AHT
ALU
ANTHAM
APS
ARAG
ASPW
ATDNSHINC
ATUTC
A/S
B
BAF
Bb
BBB
BDI
BE
BEG
BENDS
BI
BIMCO
BL
B/N
BOB
Box
Br
BHP
BMM
Br.ld.
BRGDS
BROB
Brt
B S S 1/1
BT
BV
BWAD
CAF
CAP
Cap
CBFT
C/C
ce Ta
CFT
CFR
Chem
CHABE
CHOPT
CIF
CIP
CIRR
CLC
COA
COACP
COBLDN
COGSA
CONT
COW
C/P
CPT
CPD
CQD
COD
COP
CR
Cr
CROB
CST
CUFT
Cy
C/X
D/A
DAF
DAP
Dbl
DBL SKIN
DC
DDP/(U)
DELY
DEM
DES
DEQ
DESP
DHDATSBE
DHDWTSBE
DK
DLOSP
DNV
DO
DOLSP
DOP
DOT
DP
DPT
DSV
DYNPOS
E0
EC
EIU
ETA
ETC
ETD
Eth
ETS
EXCL
EXW
FA
FAC
FAS
FCA
FD
FDD
F.DESP (FD)
F.DIS
FDEDANRSAOCLONL

FHEX
FHINC
FiFI
FIO
FIOST
FIOT
FIT
FIW
FM
FMC
FMS
F/N
FO
FO (IFO)
FOB
FOG
FOR
FOQ
FOT
FOW
FOW
Fr. wa.
Free Ex Ins
FPSO
FTD
FWAD
FWDD
FYG
FYI
G
GA
GASBEND
GD/GD
GENS
GEOROT
GL
GLESS
GO
GNS
GR
GMDSS
GRD
GTEE
HA
HDLTSBENDS
HBF
HDWTS
HELDK
HHDW
HMS
HO
HR
HRS
HV
HVFL
HW
IFO
IMDG
IU
IMO
ISM(C)
IUHTAUTC
KMC
KN
KTM
I.W.L.
LASH
LAT
LAYCAN
LC
LCR
LDN
LGT
LNG
LOA
LOF
Lo Ho
LOI
LOLO
LOW
LPG
LPS
LR
LR
L.S.
LSD
L.T.
LT (LTONS)
LW
MB
MDO (DO)
MDWT
MIN/MAX
MO
MODU
MOLCHOP
MOLOO
MON
MOT
MOT
MR
m/r
MT
MTONS
NAABSA
NCB
NCS
n.E.
NIS
NK
n.N.
NMD
NOKUS - company

NOR
n.S
n.W
o.a.
OA
OBO
OILREC
ONW
OO
OP
OPA 90
OSH
OT
OW
P & I
P.P.
Pax
PDPR
P/E
PGH
PHPD
POT (able)
PPT
PSV
PU
PWH
PWWD
REEF
RGDS
RGE
RNR
ROB
ROC
RORO
ROTLX
RPM
RYC
RYTLX
S.THR.
SBM
SATSHEX
SATSHINC
SBS
SBT
SELFDISCH
SF
SHEX
SHINC
SID
SLPTA
SOF
SOM
SP
SPB
S/R B/L
SS and C
SSHEX
SSHINC
ST
STEM
SWAD
SWDD
TA
TBN
TBR
TC
TCT
TCP
TEU
THC
THR
TIP
TL
TOBENA
TOP
TS
TTL
UKCS
ULCC
USC
UU
UUIWCTAUTC
VEG
VLCC
VPD
VSL
WA
WC
WCCON
WIBON
WIFPON
WIPON
WITA
WLTOHC
WOG
Working Copy

WP
WRD
WRIC
WWD
WWR
WWWW
X/C
X/X
YAR
YC
ZUTC =
Always Afloat
Always Afloat Always Accessible
the American Association of Port Authorities
Amsterdam-Antwerpen-Rotterdam Area
American Bureau of Shipping
ABouT
ADress COMission
Arrival First Sea Pilot Station ( Norway)
All Going Well
Anchor Handling
AnchorHandling Tug
ALUminium
ANTwerp-HAMburg range
Arrival Pilot Station
Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp-Gent range
Any Safe Port in the World
Any Time Day/Night Sundays and Holidays INCluded
Actually Time Used To Count
AlongSide
Bale (cargo capacity)
Bunker adjusting factor (freight)
Bareboat
Before Breaking Bulk
Both Dates Inclusive
Both Ends ( Load and discharge ports)
BEGinning
Both Ends ( Load and discharge ports)
Both Inclusive.
The Baltic and International Maritime Conference
BaLe
Booking Note
Bunker On Board
everyday term for container (or boxed vessel)
Breadth
Brake Horse Power
British Marine Mutual
Break load
Best ReGarDS
Bunkers Remaining On Board
Gross tonnage
Basis 1 port to 1 port
Berth Terms
Bureau Veritas
Brackish Water Arrival Draft
Currency adjusting factor (freight)
Condition Assessment Programme
Capacity
CuBic FeeT
sshinC/sshinC
Center Tank
Cubic FeeT
Cost and FReight
Chemical
CHarterers Agent Both Ends
CHarterer's OPTion
Costs Insurance and Freight
Carriage and Insurance paid to.....
Commercial Interest Reference Rate
Civil Liability Convention
Contract Of Affreightment
Contract Of Affreightment Charter Party
Closing Of Business LoDoN
Carriage of Goods by Sea Act
CONTainer
Crude Oil Washing
CharterParty
Carriage Paid To
Charterers Pay Dues
Customary Quick Despatch
Cash On Delivery
Custom Of Port
Current Rate
Crane
Cargo Remaining OnBoard
CentiSToke
CUbicFeeT
Cylinders
sshinC / ssheX
Disbursement Account
Delivered At Frontier
Days All Purposes (Total days for loading and disch.)
Double
DouBLe SKINned
Discharge Capacity
Delivered Duty Paid (Unpaid)
DELiverY
DEMurrage
Delivered Ex Ship
Delivered Ex Quay
DESPatch
Despatch Half Demurrage on All Time Saved Both Ends
Detpatch Half Demurrage on Working Time Saved Both Ends
DecK
Dropping Last Outwards Sea Pilot (Norway)
Det Norske Veritas
Diesel Oil
Dropping Off Last Sea Pilot ( Norway)
Dropping Outward Pilot
Department Of Transport
Dynamic Positioning
DePTh
Diving System
Dynamic Positioning
Unattended engine room
East Coast
Even If Used.
Expected Time of Arrival
Expected Time of Completion
Expected Time of Departure
Ethylene
Expected Time of Sailing
EXCLusive
EX Works
Free Alongside
Fast As Can
Free Alongside Ship
Free CArrier
Free Despatch
Freight Demurrage Deadfreight
Free DESPatch
Free DIScharge
Freight Deemed Earned Discountless &
Non-Refundable Ship and Or Cargo Lost Or Not Lost
Friday Holidays EXcluded. (Muslim Countries)
Friday Holidays INCluded. (Muslim Countries)
Fire Fighting
Free In and Out
Free In and Out Stowed and Trimmed
Free In and Out Trimmed
Free In Trimmed
Free in Wagon
FroM
Federal Maritime Commission
FathoMS
Fixing Note
For Orders
Fuel Oil
Free On Board
For Our Guidance
Free On Rail
Free On Quay
Free On Truck
First Open Water
Free On Wharf
Fresh water
FREE of any EXtra INSurance (Owners)
Floating Production Storage and Offloading unit
FiTted
Fresh water Arrival Draft
Fresh Water Departure Draft
For Your Guidance
For Your Information
Grain (cargo capacity)
General Average
Good And Safe (Port) Both ENDs
GDynia/GDansk
GENeralS or general cargo
GEOgraphical ROTation
Germanischer Lloyd
GearLESS
Gas Oil
German North Sea
GRain
Global Maritime Distress Safety System
GeaRed
GuaranTEE
HAtch
Half Despatch Lay Time Saved Both Ends
Harmless Bulk Fertilizer
Half Demurrage Weather Time Saved
HELicopter DecK
Handy Heavy d.w. (scrap)
Heavy Metal Scraps
Cargo HOld
HouR
HouRS
HeaVy
HeaVy Fuel
High Water
Intermediate Fuel Oil
International Maritime Dangerous Code
If Used
International Maritime Organisation.
International Safety Management Code
If Used, Half Time ActUally To Count
cargo refrigerating system
KNots
Keel To top of Mast
Institute Warranty Limits
Light Aboard SHip
LATitude
LAYday CANcelling date
Loading Capacity
Lowest Current Rate
LaDeN
LenGThened
Liquefied Natural Gas
Lenght Over All
Lloyd’s Open Form
Lower Hold
Letter Of Indemnity.
Lift On Lift Off ship
Last Open Water
Liquefied Petroleum Gas
LumPSum
Lloyds Register of Shipping
Large Range
LumpSum.
Lashed Secured Dunnage
Liner Terms
Long TONS.
Low Water
Merchant Broker
Marine Diesel Oil
Metric DeadWeight tons
Minimum/Maximum (cargo quantity)
Managing Owner
Mobile Offshore Drilling Units
More Or Less CHarterers OPtion
More Or Less Owners (Masters) Option
MONitors (fire)
Ministry Of Transpory
Monthly OverTime
Medium Range
Mates receipt
Metric Tonnes
Metric Tonnes
Not Always Afloat But Safely Aground
National Cargo Bureau
Norwegian Continental Shelf
not East of
Norwegian International Shipsregister
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
not North of
Norwegian Maritime Directorate
NOrsk Kontrollert Utenlandsk Selskap i lavskatteland
Norwegian controlled foreign company in lowtax country
Notice Of Readiness
not South of
not West of
Over All
Over Aged
Oil Bulk Ore
OIL RECovery
ONWards
Owners Option
OPerator
The US Oil Pollution Act of 1990
Open SHelter deck
On Truck
OWners
Protection & Indemnity
PerPendicular
Passenger Vessel
Per Day Pro-Rata
Purchase Enquiry
Per Geard Hatch
Per Hatch Per Day
POTable water
PromPT
Plattform Supply Vessel
PUmps
Per Workable Hatch
Per Weather Working day
Refrigerated
ReGarDS
RanGE
Rate Not Reported
Remaining On Board
Reference Our Cable....(date)
Roll On Roll Off ship
Reference Our TeLeX ...(date)
Revs. Per Minute
Reference Your Cable...(date)
Reference Your TeLeX...(date)
Side Thruster
Soya Bean Meal
SATurdays, Sundays, Holidays Excepted
SATurdays, Sundays, Holidays INCluded
Safe Berth
Segregated Ballast Tanks
SelfDischarger
Superficial Feet
Sundays, Holidays EXcepted
Sundays, Holidays Included
Single Deck
SLop TAnks
Statement Of Facts.
Swedish Official Measure
Safe Ports
St. PetersBurg
Signing and Releasing Bill(s) of Lading
Same Sea and Country coast
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays EXcepted
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays INCluded
Short Tons.
Subject To Enough Merchandise
Salt Water Arrival Draft
Salt Water Departure Draft
TAnks
To Be Named
To Be Renamed
(T/C)Time Charter
Time Charter Trip
Time Charter Party
Standard 20' container
TerminalHandling Cost
THRuster
Taking Inward Pilot
Total Loss
To Be Named
Taking Outward Pilot
TonS
ToTaL
United Kingdom Continental Shelf
Ultra Large Crude Carrier
Unless Sooner Commenced
Unless Used
Unless Used In Which Case Time Actually Used To Count.
VEGetable oil
Very Large Crude Carrier
Vessel Pay Dues
VeSseL
WAter
West Coast
Whether Custom Cleared Or Not
Whether In Berth Or Not
Whether In Free Praqtique Or Not
Whether In Port Or Not
WIng TAnk
WaterLine-TO-HatchCoaming (distance)
WithOut Guarantee.
(Copy of Charter Party - not being signed
and may contain unchecked errors
Weather Permitting
Wide Range Destillate
Wire Rods in Coils
Weather Working Days
When, Where Ready
Wibon Wccon Wifpon Wipon
ssheX / sshinC
ssheX / ssheX
York Antwerp Rules
Your Cable
GMT