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Do you know your shipping abbreviations?

Shipping is FULL of abbreviations and acronyms, and this can really fool some people. We thought, what better way to help people out than to create a list of commonly used shipping abbreviations? Test your friends and colleagues. See if they know their maritime shipping abbreviations.

Industry Bodies:

ASBA – American Shipbrokers Association
BIMCO – The Baltic and International Maritime Council
FIATA – International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations
IACS – International Association of Classification Societies
ICS – International Chamber of Shipping
ICS – Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
IMO – International Maritime Organisation

Classification Societies:

ABS – American Bureau of Shipping
BV – Bureau Veritas
CSS – China Classification Society
CRS – Croatian Register of Shipping
DNV – Det Norske Veritas
IRS – Indian Register of Shipping
KR – Korean Register
LR – Lloyds Register
NK – Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
PRS – Polish Register of Shipping
RINA – Rina Services S.p.A.
TL – Turk Loydu

General Shipping Abbreviations:

AWB – Air Waybill
B/L – Bill of Lading
CBM – Cubic Meter
CIF – Cost Insurance & Freight
CIP – Carriage & Insurance Paid to
C/P – Charterparty
CFR – Cost & Freight
COGSA – Carriage of Goods by Sea Act
COA – Contract of Affreightment
DAP – Delivered at Place
DAT – Delivered at Terminal
DG – Dangerous Goods
D/A – Disbursements Account
FOB – Free on Board
FEU – Forty-foot Equivalent Unit (a forty-foot container)
FCL – Full Container Load
LOI – Letter of Indemnity
L/C – Letter of Credit
LCL – Less than Container Load
LRIT – Long Range Identification Tracking
MOA – Memorandum of Agreement
MARPOL – International Convention of the Prevention of Pollution from Ships
NVOCC – Non-Vessel Owning Common Carrier
P&I – Protection and Indemnity (as in P&I club or P&I insurance)
SOLAS – Safety of Life at Sea Convention
TEU – Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (a twenty-foot container)
T/S – Transhipment
TC – Time Charter
WS – Worldscale

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