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Meaning
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Diver below (when stationary);
I am undergoing a speed trial

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A/S

Alongside

AA

Always Afloat

AAAA

Always Accessible Always Afloat

AAOSA

Always Afloat or Safe Aground. Condition for a vessel whilst in port

AARA

Amsterdam-Antwerp-Rotterdam Area

ABAFT

Toward the rear (stern) of the ship. Behind.

ABEAM

At right angles to the keel of the boat, but not on the boat.

ABLE BODIED SEAMEN

A member of the deck crew who is able to perform all the duties of an experienced seamen; certificated by examination; must have three years sea service. Also called Able Seamen and A.B.

ABLE SEAMEN (AB)

stand watch, during which they steer the vessel, stand lookout, assist the mate on watch and make rounds of the ship to insure that All is in order. they Also tie up and untie the vessel to and from the dock and maintain the equipment on deck.

ABOARD

On or within the ship

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ABOARD

on or within the boat.

ABOVE DECK

On the deck (not over it - see ALOFT)

ABREAST

Side by side; by the side of.

ABS

American Bureau of Shipping: a U.S.-based private classification, or standards setting society for merchant ships and other marine systems.

ABT

About

ADCOM

Address Commission

ADDENDUM

Additional chartering terms at the end of a charter party

ADMEASUREMENT

the confirmed or official dimensions of a ship.

ADRIFT

Loose, not on moorings or towline.

AFFREIGHTMENT

The hiring of a ship in whole or part

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Aframax

tanker < 80,000 dwt (average freight rate assessment)

AFSPS

Arrival First Sea Pilot Station (Norway)

AFT

At or towards the stern or rear of a ship

AGENCY FEE

A fee charged to the ship by the ship's agent, representing payment for services while the ship was in port. Sometimes called attendance fee.

AGROUND

Touching or fast to the bottom

AGW

All Going Well

AHEAD

in a forward direction.

AHL

Australian Hold Ladders

AID

Agency for International Development.

AIDS TO NAVIGATION

Artificial objects to supplement natural landmarks indicating safe and unsafe waters

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AIMS

American Institute of merchant Shipping.

AIS

automatic identification system

ALEE

away from the direction of the wind. Opposite of windward.

ALLISION

the act if striking or collision of a moving vessel against a stationary object.

ALOFT

Above the deck of the ship

Aloft

overhead, above

AMC

American Maritime Congress.

Amidships

the middle of the boat

AMIDSHIPS

In or toward the centre of the ship

AMNI

Associate Member of The Nautical Institute

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AMVER

US Coast Guard's Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System

Anchor

An object designed to grip the ground, under a body of water, to hold the boat in a selected area

ANCHORAGE

A place suitable for anchorage in relation to the wind, seas and bottom

ANTHAM

Antwerp-Hamburg Range

API

American Petroleum Institute.

Apparent Wind

the direction of the wind as is relative to the speed and direction of the boat

APS

Arrival Pilot Station

ARAG

Amsterdam-Rotterdam--Antwerp-Gent Range

Arbitration

Method of settling disputes which is usually binding on parties. A clause usually in a charter party.

ARBITRATION

Method of settling disputes which is usually binding on parties. A clause usually in a charter party

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ARCS

Admiralty Raster Chart Service

ARPA

Automatic Radar Plotting Aids

ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT

The document containing all particulars relating to the terms of agreement between the Master of the vessel and the crew. Sometimes called ship's articles, shipping articles.

ASBA

American Shipbrokers Association

ASPW

Any Safe Port in the World

ASTERN

A backward direction in the line of a vessel's fore and aft line; behind. If a vessel moves backwards it is said to move astern; opposite to ahead.

AT SEA

in marine insurance this phrase applies to a ship which is free from its moorings and ready to sail.

ATDNSHINC

Any Time Day/Night Sundays and Holidays Included

ATHWARTSHIPS

At right angles to the centerline of the boat; rowboat seats are generally athwart ships.

ATUTC

Actual Times Used to Count

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AUTOMATIC PILOT

An instrument designed to control automatically a vessel's steering gear so that she follows a pre-determined track through the water.

AWEIGH

the position of anchor as it is raised clear of the bottom.

AWO

American Waterway Operators. the national trade association for the barge and towing industry and the shipyards employed in the repair and construction of these craft.


 

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