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.
American Bureau of
Shipping: A U.S.-based private classification, or standards setting
society for merchant ships and other marine systems.
The confirmed or official
dimensions of a ship.
In, near, or toward the stern of
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.
Agency for International
The act if striking or collision of
a moving vessel against a stationary object.
American Institute of Merchant
American Waterway Operators. The
national trade association for the barge and towing industry and the
shipyards employed in the repair and construction of these
Generally speaking the word
amidships means in the middle portion of a vessel.
containing all particulars relating to the terms of agreement between the
Master of the vessel and the crew. Sometimes called ship's articles,
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.
In marine insurance
this phrase applies to a ship which is free from its moorings and ready to
An instrument designed to control automatically a vessel's steering gear
so that she
follows a pre-determined track through the water.