(ICS) - a voluntary organisation with the objective of promoting shipping interests of its members, primarily in the technical and legal fields of shipping operations.

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OPERATIONAL MAINTENANCE

The cleaning, servicing, preservation, lubrication, inspection, and adjustment of equipment; it includes that minor replacement of parts not requiring high technical skill, internal alignment, or special locative training.

CLASSIFICATION SOCIETY

Independent and reputable organizations which verifies and inspects vessels for seaworthiness. As technical experts, they serve to provide the necessary basis for adjusting insurance rates for the vessel.

RATED SPEED

The crankshaft revolutions per minute at which the rated power occurs as specified on the nameplate and in the technical file of the engine.

INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION

A Specialized Agency of the United Nations responsible for maritime safety and efficiency of navigation. The IMO provides for cooperation among governments in the field of governmental regulations and practices relating to technical matters of all kinds affecting shipping engaged in international trade: to encourage the general adoption of the highest practicable standards in matters concerning maritime safety, efficiency of navigation, and the prevention and control of marine pollution from ships, and to deal with legal matters related to the purposes set out in Article 1 of the Convention.

CONFERENCE LINES

An affiliation of shipowners operating over the same route(s) who agree to charge uniform rates and other terms of carriage. A conference is 'closed' if one can enter only by the consent of existing members of the conference. It is 'open' if anyone can enter by meeting certain technical and financial standards.

RATED POWER

The maximum continuous rated power output as specified on the nameplate and in the technical file of the engine.

NORMAL TIDE

A non technical term synonymous with tide, i.e., the rise and fall of the ocean due to the gravitational interactions of the sun, moon, and earth alone.

ORDINARY

With respect to tides, the use of this non technical term has, for the most part, been determined to be synonymous with mean.

SPECIAL AREA

a sea area where for recognized technical reasons in relation to its oceanographical and ecological condition and to the particular character to its traffic the adoption of special mandatory methods for the prevention of sea pollution by oil.

MATERIALS SAFETY DATA SHEET

Supplier prepared information that provides basic technical information about a product's physical characteristics and its hazardous properties.

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