Common Chartering Terms

  • Term
    Definition
  • 1GA
     General Average
  • 2H
     Second Half
  • 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.
  • ABOARD
     On or within the ship.
  • ABOVE DECK
     On the deck
  • ABT
     About.
  • ADCOM
     Address Commission.
  • ADDENDUM
     Additional chartering terms at the end of a charter party.
  • AFFREIGHTMENT
     The hiring of a ship in whole or part
  • AFSPS
     Arrival First Sea Pilot Station (Named Place/Port).
  • AGROUND
     Touching or fast to the bottom
  • AGW
     All Going Well.
  • 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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