The following is a short list of terms used internationally in the shipping community.

AGW All going well
AAAA Always Afloat, Always Accessible
AARA Amsterdam-Antwerp-Rotterdam Area
ABT About
ADCOM Address Commission
AFSPS Arrival First Sea Pilot Station (Norway)
AFFREIGHTMENT The hiring of a ship in whole or part
AFT At or towards the stern or rear of a ship
AHL Australian Hold Ladders
ANTHAM Antwerp-Hamburg Range
APS Arrival Pilot Station
ARAG Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp-Gent Range
A/S Alongside
ATDNSHINC Any Time Day/Night Sundays and Holidays Included
ATUTC Actual Time Used To Count
BAF Bunker Adjustment Factor
BALLAST Heavy weight, necessary for the stability of a ship not carrying cargo.
BBB Before Breaking Bulk
BDI Both Dates Inclusive
BENDS Both Ends
BI Both Inclusive
BIMCO Baltic and International Council
BL Bill of Lading
BM Beam
BOB Bunker on Board
BOFFER Best Offer
BROB Bunkers Remaining on Board
BSS Basis
B S S 1/1 Basis 1 port to 1 port
BT Berth Terms
BWAD Brackish Water Arrival Draft
CBM Cubic Meter
CBFT Cubic Feet
C&F; Cost and Freight
C&F; FO Cost & Freight Free Out
CHOPT Charterers Option
CHTRS Charterers
CIF Cost, Insurance & Freight
CKD Completely knocked down
COA Contract of Affreightment
COACP Contract of Affreightment Charter Party
COB Closing of Business
COD Cash on Delivery
COGSA Carriage of Goods by Sea Act
CONS Consumption
COP Custom Of The Port
CP Charter Party
CPD Charterers Pay Dues
CPT Carriage Paid To
CQD Customary Quick Dispatch
CR Current Rate
CROB Cargo Remaining on Board
CRN Crane
CST Centistoke
CTR Container Fitted
DAPS Days All Purposes
DAMFORDET Damages for Detention
DDU Delivery Duty Unpaid
DDP Delivery Duty Paid
DEM Demurrage
DHDATSBE Dispatch Half Demurrage on All Time Saved Both Ends
DHDWTSBE Dispatch Half Demurrage on Working TIme Saved Both Ends
DISCH Discharge
DK Deck
DOP Dropping Outward Pilot
DOT Department of Transportation
DNRCAOSLONL Discountless and Non-Returnable Cargo and/or Ship Lost or Not Lost
DRK Derrick
DWAT Deadweight
EC East Coat
EIU Even if used
ELVENT Electric Ventilation
ETA Estimated Time of Arrival
ETC Estimated Time of Completion
ETD Estimated Time of Departure
ETS Estimated Time of Sailing
EXW Ex Works
FAS Free Alongside Ship
FCA Free to Carrier
FDEDANRSAOCLONL Freight Deemed Earned Discountless & Non-Refundable Ship &/or Cargo Lost Or Not Lost
FDESP Free Dispatch
FDD Freight Demurrage Deadfreight
FDIS Free Discharge
FEU Standard 40′ Container
FHEX Fridays, Holidays Excepted (Muslim Countries)
FHINC Fridays, Holidays Included (Muslim Countries)
FILO Free In/Liner Out
FIOS Free In & Out & Stowed
FIOST Free In & Out, Stowed & Trimmed
FIOT Free In & Out & Trimmed
FIW Free In Wagon
FMC Federal Maritime Commission
FMS Fathoms
FO Fuel Oil
FOB Free On Board
FOG For Our Guidance
FOQ Free On Quay
FOQ Free On Truck
FOW Free On Wharf
FWAD Fresh Water Arrival Draft
FWDD Fresh Water Departure Draft
FYG For Your Guidance
FYI For Your Information
GA General Average
GLS Gearless
GNCN General Conditions
GN Grain
GO Gas Oil
GRD Geared
GRT Gross Restricted Tonnage
GSB Guaranteed Safe Berth
GSP Good Safe Port
GTEE Guarantee
HA Hatch
HDLTSBENDS Half Dispatch Lay Time Saved Both Ends
HDWTS Half Dispatch Working Time Saved
HMS Heavy Metal Scraps
HO Hold
HW High Water
IMDG International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
IMO International Maritime Organization
IND Indication
IU If Used
IUHTAUTC If Used, Half Time Actually to Count
I WL Institute Warranty Limits
LAT Latitude
LOA Length Overall of the Vessel
LW Low Water
LYCN Laycan (Layday Cancelling Date)
MB Merchant Broker
MDO Marine Diesel Oil
MOLCHOPT More or Less Charterers Option
MOLOO More or Less Owners Option
MT Metric Ton
M/V Motor Vessel
NAABSA Not Always Afloat but Safely Aground
NCB National Cargo Bureau
NOR Notice of Readiness
NRT Net Restricted Tonnage
NYPE New York Produce Exchange
OO Owners Option
OSH Open Shelter Deck
OWS Owners
PC Period of Charter
PCGO Part Cargo
PCT Percent
PDPR Per Day Pro-rated
PHPD Per Hatch Per Day
PRATIQUE License or permission to use a port
PWWD Per Weather Working day
RCVR Receivers
ROB Remaining on Board
RT Revenue Ton
SATPM Saturday P.M.
SB Safe Berth
SD Single Decker
SELFD Self Discharging
SF Stowage Factor
SHEX Sundays, Holidays Excepted
SHINC Sundays, Holidays Included
SL Bale (capacity)
SOC Shipper Owned Container
SOF Statement of Facts
SP Safe Port
SRBL Signing and Releasing Bill of Lading
SSHEX Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays Excluded
SSHINC Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays Included
STEM Subject to Enough Merchandise
SUB Subject (to)
SWAD Salt Water Arrival Draft
SWDD Salt Water Departure Draft
TC Time Charter
TEU Standard 20′ Container
TTL Total
TW Tween Decker
USC Unless Sooner Commenced
UU Unless Used
UUIWCTAUTC Unless Used In Which Case Time Actually Used To Count
VPD Vessel Pays Dues
WIBON Whether In Berth Or Not
WIFPON Whether In Free Pratique Or Not
WCCON Whether Customs Cleared Or Not
WIPON Whether In Port Or Not
WLTOHC Water Line-To-Hatch Coaming
WOG Without Guarantee
WP Weather Permitting
WWD Weather Working Day
WRIC Wire Rods In Coils
WWR When, Where Ready
YAR York Antwerp Rules
Z UTC=GMT

By far, one of the best books offering a near complete list of shipping terms is, “BES’ CHARTERING AND SHIPPING TERMS”.

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