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Abbreviations and Acronyms

A

2/O

Second Officer
 

2H

Second Half
 
3/O Third Officer
 

3PL

Third Party Logistics
 
6-on/6-off Watchkeeping routine shared by two officers: 24 hour period is covered by each working 6 hours on watch, followed by 6 hours off watch
 
A/C Account
 
A/H Anchor Handling
 
A/O And/Or
 
A/S Alongside
 
AA Always Afloat
 
AAAA Always Afloat, Always Accessible
 
AAOSA Always Afloat Or Safe Aground
 
AAPA American Association of Port Authorities
 
AAR Against All Risks
 
AARA 1. Always Accessible or Reachable on Arrival
 
2. Amsterdam-Antwerpen-Rotterdam Area
 
AB Able Bodied seaman
 
ABP Associated British Ports
 

ABS

American Bureau of Shipping (classification society)
 
ABT About
 
AC Alternating Current (electricity)
 
ACE Alternative Control of Emissions
 

ACI

Advance Commercial Information
 

ACP

1. Alternative Compliance Plan
 
2. Area Contingency Plan (US)
 
ACT Account
 
ACV 1. Actual Cash Value
 
2. Air Cushion Vehicle
 
AD 1. After Date
 
2. Area Differential
 

ADA

Americans with Disability Act (US)
 
ADAAG Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (US)
 
ADCOM Adress Commission
 
ADF Automatic Direction Finder
 
ADOMS Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping
 

ADR

1. Alternative Dispute Resolution
 
2. European Agreement on the International Carriage of
Dangerous Goods by Road

AEO Authorized Economic Operator
 
AF Anti-Fouling
 
AFE Approved for Expenditure
 
AFFF Aqueous Film Forming Foam
 
AFFREIGHTMENT The hiring of a ship in whole or part
 
AFRA Average Freight Rate Assessment
 

AFS Convention

Anti-Fouling Systems Convention
International Convention for the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Substances on Ships, 2001
 
AFSPS Arrival First Sea Pilot Station (Norway)
 
AFT At or towards the stern or rear of a ship
 
AG Arabian Gulf
 
AGW 1. Actual Gross Weight
 
2. All Going Well
 
AH 1. Aft Hatch
 
2. Antwerp / Hamburg range
 
AHL Australian Hold Ladders
 
AHT Anchor Handling Tug
 
AHTS

Anchor Handling Tug Supply

AH-TUG

Anchor Handling Tug

AIDS

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
 

AIS

Automatic (Vessel) Identification System
 

AJA

Administration of Justice Act, 1956
 
Al Aluminium
 
ALARP As Low As Reasonably Practical
 
ALERT Automatic Life-saving Emergency Radio Transmitter
 
ALJ Administrative Law Judge
 
ALOP Advanced Loss of Profits
 
ALP Articulated Loading Platform
 
ALRS Admiralty List of Radio Signals
 
ALU Aluminium
 

AMS

Automated Manifest System
 

AMSA

Australian Maritime Safety Agency
 
AMSL Above Mean Sea Level
 

AMVER

Automated Mutual-assistance Vessel Rescue system
 

AMWELSH

Americanised Welsh Coal Charter party (standard coal charterparty)
 
ANERA Asia-North America Eastbound Rate Agreement
 
ANOP Articles Not Otherwise Provided for
 

ANS

Aquatic nuisance species
 
ANSI American National Standard Institute
 
ANT Advance Notice of Transfer
 
ANTHAM Antwerp-Hamburg range
 
AO 1. Awaiting Orders
 
2. And Other
 
AOAOO Any One Accident Or Occurrence
 
AOB Any One Bottom
 

AOG

Active Operator Guidance
 
AOH/A.O.H. After Office Hours
 
AOLOC Any One Location
 
AOR Atlantic Ocean Region
 
AOS Any One Steamer
 
AOV Any One Vessel
 
AP 1. All Purposes
 
2. Additional Premium
 
3. Aft Perpendicular
 
4. Autopilot
 
APC Alternative Planning Criteria
 
APHIS Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (US)
 
API American Petroleum Institute
 

APPS

Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (US)
 

APs

Additional insurance premiums
 
APS Arrival Pilot Station
 
APT Aft Peak Tank
 

AQIS

Australian Quarantine Inspection Service
 
ARA Antwerp - Rotterdam - Amsterdam range
 
ARAG Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp-Gent range
 
ARB Arbitration
 
ARCC Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre
 
ARND Around
 
ARPA Automatic Radar Plotting Aid
 
ASAP As Soon As Possible
 
ASBA The Association of Shipbrokers and Agents (USA) Incorporated, New York
 

ASCAP

Accelerated Small Claims Arbitration Procedure
 
ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange
 
ASI Anti-Suit Injunction
 

ASP

Application Service Provider
 
ASPW Any Safe Port in the World
 
ASTM American Society of Testing & Materials
 
ATA Actual Time of Arrival
 
ATC Actual Time Counting
 
ATD Actual Time of Departure
 
ATDN Any Time Day & Night
 
ATDNSHINC Any Time Day or Night Sundays and Holidays Included
 
ATF Approved Transitional Facility
 
ATK Aviation Turbine Kerosene
 

ATL

Actual Total Loss
 
ATS 1. All Time Saved
 
2. Automated Targeting System
 

ATSA

Aviation and Transportation Security Act
 
ATSBE All Time Saved Both Ends
 
ATSDO All Time Saved Discharging Only
 
ATUTC 1. Actually Time Used To Count
 
2. All Time Used to Count
 

AUSMEPA

Australian Marine Environment Protection Association
 
AUSSIE Australia
 

AUSTWHEAT

Australian Wheat Charter
 
AUV Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
 
AUX Auxilliaries
 
AVGAS Aviation Gasoline
 
AVR Automatic Voltage Regulator
 
AVRA Automated Voyage Risk Assessment
 
AVTAG

Aviation Turbine Gasoline

AWIWL Always Within Institute Warranty Limits
 
AWVNS Always Within Vessel's Natural Segregation
 
AWRI Additional War Risk Insurance
 

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