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M (Mike)
I am Stopped ; I have a doctor on board
M Meter or Measure
M/T (MT) Motor Tanker
M/V (MV) Motor Vessel
Management Company
A company (often third party) assuming responsibility for the operation and administration of a vessel, i.e. crewing, technical operations and maintenance.
Manifest List of all cargo on board (Cargo Manifest). Term used also for passenger list on cruise vessels, passenger ferries, etc
MARAD Maritime Administration (USA) - authority under the US department for Trade. Handles subsidies etc. to American shipyards and shipping companies.
Marine Riser
Large diametre casing, consisting of many pipe sections coupled together, normally with floating elements on the outside. Installed between the Marine BOP and the drilling rig.
MARINTEK Norsk Marinteknisk Forskningsinstitutt A/S (Trondheim) - Norwegian maritime research institution.
Maritime inquiry An inquiry conducted by maritime and legal authorities following an accident or near-accident at sea, resulting in a maritime declaration.The purpose of such hearings is to uncover the cause of accident or mishap. The inquiry is primarily conducted between members of the crew, but may also involve bystanders who may shed light on the events. The maritime inquiry serves three purposes according to Norwegian maritime law: -Enables maritime authorities to consider amending or improving existing rules and regulations in order to prevent similar accidents. -Determines whether or not someone should be prosecuted for criminal neglect or breach of rules. -Uncovers liabilities in connection with insurance claims.
MARPOL The International Convention for Prevention of Pollution from Ships (London) - 1973 (as modified by the Protocol of 1978)
MAX Maximum
MB Molded Breath - the breath of the hull at the widest part, measured between the outer surfaces of the frames.
MBT Motor Blocks Turning
MCT Marine Custody Transfer
MCTM Marine Custody Transfer Measurement - the measurement activity involving a marine custody transfer (MCT)
MD Mean Draft - the average of the drafts measured at the bow and the stern. ; Molded Depth - the depth measured between the top of the keel, or lower surface of the frame at the center line, and the top of the upper deck beam at the gunwale.
MDO Marine Diesel Oil
MED Mediterranean Sea
MED Mediterranean Sea
MEIF Mandatory Excess Insurance Facility - Norwegian-Swedish-Greek proposal to solve the COFR-question.
MEP Marine Environmental Protection (U.S.)
MEPC Maritime Environment Protection Committee (IMO, London)
Merger The joining of two or more (shipowning) companies.Merger - the joining of two or more (shipowning) companies.
MERCOSUR
Regional political trade organisation comprising Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
MERPAC Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee
MF Meter Factor
MFO Marine Fuel Oil
MHWN Mean High Water Neaps
MHWS Mean High Water Springs
MIN Minimum
MIN/MAX Minimum/Maximum - refers to fixed cargo size - e.g.: "10,000 tonnes min./max.".
MIO Marine Inspections Office
MITS Maritim information technology.
MMC Merchant Mariners’ Credentials
MMPD Maximum Most Probable Discharge (U.S., related to oil spill)
MMS Minerals Management Service (U.S.)
MODU Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit
MOL More Or Less - refers to a cargo size option - say, "10,000 tonnes, 5 per cent more or less" - usually clarifying whose option to select the final cargo size
MOLCHOP More Or Less Charterer's Option
MOLCO More Or Less Charterer's Option
MOLOO More or less owner's option - a margin which the shipowner has for the amount of cargo a vessel should carry. I.e. "30,000 tons 5 per cent moloo" means that the vessel can load between 28,500 and 31,500 tons.
Monkey Board
Platform in the drilling tower where the Derrick Man is handling the drill stem.
Monopod
Type of rig where the foundation consists of a cylindric stem from the seabed to the surface.
Motion Compensator
Equalizes level variations during drilling from floating rigs or cranes.
MOU Memorandum Of Understanding
Mousehole
Hole in the Derrick platform where the next section of drill stem is placed awaiting being coupled to the drill stem.
MPA Marine Preservation Association (supports MSRC)
MPMS Manual of Petroleum Measurement Standards (API)
MPSV
Multipurpose Service Vessel
MR Mates Receipt
MRR Maritime Regulatory Reform
MS Motor Ship
MSC Maritime Safety Committee (IMO, London)
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet
MSIS Marine Safety Information System
MSO Marine Safety Office (USCG)
MSRC Marine Spill Response Corp., The. (OSRO)
MT (M/T) Metric Tonne - a tonne of 2,204 pounds or 1,000 kilograms, equivalent to 0.9842 long tons.
MTC Maritime Transport Committee (OECD)
Mud Line
The sea bed, the borderline between the water and solid sediments.
Mud Pit
Tank containing the drill mud.
Mud Weight
The weight of the drill mud in pounds per gallon. Light mud: 8 pounds/gln; heavy mud: 14 pounds/gln.
MUI Maritime Union of Indian Officers
Multipurpose ship General cargo ship which can also carry containers.
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