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    Hello guys as a new guy myself I remember when joining this forum I was somewhat bamboozled by all the acronyms and abbreviations. Although most can be researched and found out what they mean it might help new members to have a sort of quick reference guide to what they mean? It?s just a thought but with all the ENG1s MCA OOCL SSTG Ro/Ro Pax RFA CPA etc. it can be quite confusing for people new to the industry. What do people think and if people agree how would we go about it?

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    If you stick them all in this thread I can create a new article with them all.
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    • #3
      TH - Trinity House
      MEF - Maritime Educational Fund
      IBS - Integrated Bridge System
      HV - High Voltage
      ECDIS - Electronic Chart Display and Information System
      SMS - Safety management System
      Last edited by chris; 12 March 2012, 04:10 PM. Reason: saw some more on a different thread
      Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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      • #4
        MCA (sometimes MCGA) - Maritime and Coastgaurd Agency
        ME - main engine
        OOW - officer of the watch
        EOOW - engineering officer of the watch
        ER - engine room

        STC - South Tyneside College
        GCNS - Glasgow College of Nautical Studies
        WMC - Warsash Maritime Centre
        Go out, do stuff

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        • #5
          P&I - protection and indemnity insurance
          H&M - hull and machinery insurance (or a fairly decent clothes shoip)
          Go out, do stuff

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          • #6
            CPA - closest point of approach
            TCPA - time to closest point of approach
            ARPA - automatic radar plotting aid
            ECDIS - electronic chart display and information system
            AIS - automatic identification system
            Go out, do stuff

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            • #7
              OWS - oily water separator
              ECR - engine control room
              MCR - machinery control room (same as ECR)
              CCR - cargo control room
              SBB / SBE - stand by below / standby engines
              FAOP - full away on passage
              EOP - end of passage

              OLB - official log book

              MAIB - marine accident investigation branch

              PSC - port state control
              PSSC passenger ship safety certifcate
              SMS - safety management system
              DOC - document of compliance
              IOPP - international oil pollution prevention certificate
              ISM - international safety management code

              IACS - International Association of Classification Societies
              LR - Lloyd's Register
              GL - Germanischer Llyod
              DNV - Det Norsk Veritas
              ABS - American Burea of Shipping
              BV - Burea Veritas
              RINA - Registro Italiano Navale
              Go out, do stuff

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Clanky View Post
                MCA (sometimes MCGA) - Maritime and Coastgaurd Authority
                Agency.

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                • #9
                  ORB - Oil Record Book
                  Smoko - Breaktime
                  Dohbie - Washing
                  Logging - Detention (with bells on)
                  P45 - Sacked

                  V/V - valve
                  P/P - pump

                  Old Man - Captain
                  Harry Tate - Mate (or chief Officer (grrrr))
                  Bully Beef - Chief
                  Gadget - YOU

                  EGB - Exhaust Gas Boiler
                  HOP / LOP / BLOP - Heavy / Lube / Baby Lube Oil Purifier

                  Fallen Over - Broken
                  Brew- Tea
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                  • #10
                    ****ed - wrecked
                    Slightly ****ed - Broken but *might* be repairable
                    Mildly ****ed - broken but repairable
                    ****ed but good - used spare part
                    ****ing **** hole - Engine Room
                    ****ing Birds Nest - Bridge

                    Big **** - Master
                    ****ing Twat - Mate
                    ****wit - 2nd Mate
                    Little **** - 3rd Mate
                    ****wit - Deck Cadet
                    ****ing Monkeys - Deck Crew
                    I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                    All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                    • #11
                      ^ Love it GM!!

                      OOCL- Orient Overseas Container Line - A shipping company
                      CMA CGM - Another shipping company ( Fench container transportation and shipping)
                      SSTG - Safe Ship Training Group - a training provider that has many shiiping lines under it's umbrella
                      RFA - Royal Fleet Auxiliary - provides support to the Royal Navy (RN)
                      Ro-ro - Roll on, roll off - vehicle ferry, freight only
                      Ro-pax - vehicle ferry that takes both freight and passengers (lorries, car and foot)
                      Last edited by size4riggerboots; 13 March 2012, 06:52 AM.

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                      • #12
                        CMT - Clyde Marine Training
                        RTFM - Read the Flipping manual
                        Be what you want to be not what other people tell you to be
                        Adapt and over come
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Steve View Post
                          Agency.
                          I knew that wasn't quite right as I typed it, thanks.
                          Go out, do stuff

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GuinnessMan View Post
                            ****ed - wrecked
                            Slightly ****ed - Broken but *might* be repairable
                            Mildly ****ed - broken but repairable
                            ****ed but good - used spare part
                            ****ing **** hole - Engine Room
                            ****ing Birds Nest - Bridge

                            Big **** - Master
                            ****ing Twat - Mate
                            ****wit - 2nd Mate
                            Little **** - 3rd Mate
                            ****wit - Deck Cadet
                            ****ing Monkeys - Deck Crew
                            Well ****ed - totally and utterly wrecked, often used as an answert to people who ask chief engineers to be more specific when they are told that something is ****ed
                            Go out, do stuff

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                            • #15
                              BP - Broken Promises/Bloody Pitiful

                              RFA - Ready For Anything/Right F****** Ar**holes (depending on your point of view)

                              Carnival Cruise Line - McDonalds at Sea

                              P&O - Peculiar & Odd

                              Holland America Line (NASM in Dutch) - Never a Sober Moment

                              MSC - More Scrap Coming/Mafia Shipping Co

                              Bank Line - W**k Line/Andrew Weir Chipping & Slaving Co

                              Denholms - Glasgow Greeks

                              Hadley Steamship Company - Hadley's Sunshine Cruises

                              Shell Tankers - Joe Shell (named after founder)/Clam Line

                              Esso Tankers - East Sleep Sh*t Overtime

                              CP Ships (was Canadian Pacific) - Comedic Pathetic Screamships

                              Harrisons of Liverpool - Hungry Harrisons (regarding food, or lack of served onboard)

                              Shaw Savill & Albion Line - Slow Starvation and Agony

                              Pacific Steam Navigation Company - Please Send No Cowboys

                              Ben Line - North Sea Chinamen/Scottish Navy

                              Union Castle Line - Union Ar**hole/The Lavender Hull Mob

                              Scottish Ship Management (SSM) - Sun, Sex and Marijuana/Starvation, Sorrow and Misery

                              NOMIS Shipping - No Money is Spent

                              Royal Navy - Grey Funnel Line

                              Maersk - Borg
                              I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                              All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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