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  • East 
  • E&P 
    Exploration and Production function of the Shell Group 
  • e.o.h.p. 
    Except otherwise herein provided 
  • E.O.P. or EOP 
    End of passage 
  • E/B AFT(e/b aft) 
    Engine and Bridge aft 
  • E0 
    Unattended engine room 
  • EA 
    Ethyl alcohol = ethanol 
  • EAT 
    Expected arrival time 
  • EB 
    Empty ballast 
  • EBAM 
    European Basic Acrylic Monomer Group, a sector group of the Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe (APPE). For more information, click here. 
  • Ebb 
    A receeding current 
  • EBIS 
    EBIS, the European Barge Inspection Scheme: Started operations on 1st July 1998. The Scheme has been developed by oil and chemical companies as part of their commitment to improving the safety of tanker barging operations within Europe. The main aim of E 
  • EBK 
    Ethyl Butyl Ketone, solvent 
  • EC 
    East Coast 
  • EC 
    European Communities 
  • EC50 
    Effective concentration 50%: The concentration of a material which produces 50% response in the defined end-point. The EC50 should be cited for a specific exposure period.  
  • ECCP 
    East Coast (UK) coal port 
  • ECD 
    Electronic Chart Display 
  • ECDIC 
    Electronic Chart Display and Information System 
  • ECDIS 
    Electronic Chart Display and Information System - An ECDIS is a ship borne electronic navigational device designed to display digital nautical charts that is tested and type-approved to international standards and may be used, in conjunction with appropri
  • ECG 
    Existing Chemicals Group 
  • ECGB 
    East Coast of Great Britain 
  • ECH 
  • ECI 
    East coast of Ireland 
  • ECIND 
    East coast of India 
  • ECM 
    East coast of Mexico 
  • ECMC 
    The U.S. Exporters Competitive Maritime Council. An association primarily of U.S. engineering, procurement and construction companies and their freight forwarders that was formed jointly by the Maritime Administration in 1997 to seek solutions to transpor
  • ECMCA 
    Eastern Central Motor Carriers Association. 
  • ECNA 
    East Coast of North America 
  • ECPI 
    European Council for Plasticizers and Intermediates, a sector group of Cefic. 
  • ECR 
    Engine Control Room 
  • ECS 
    Electronic Chart System 
  • ECS 
    Electronic Chart System - An ECS is any ship borne electronic navigational device that is designed to display digital nautical charts but is not tested and type-approved as an ECDIS. An ECS may be used as an aide to navigation by a SOLAS vessels but canno
  • ECSA 
    East Coast of South America 
  • ECU 
    European currency units 
  • ECUK 
    East Coast of United Kingdom 
  • ECUS 
    East Coast of U.S.A 
  • ECVM 
    European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers 
  • Edema 
    The accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells and tissues. Pulmonary edema is an excessive buildup of water in the lungs, for instance, after inhalation of a gas that is corrosive to lung tissue. 
  • Edge Protector 
    An angle piece fitted over the edge of boxes, crates, bundles and other packages to prevent the pressure from metal bands or other types from cutting into the package. 
  • EDI 
    Electronic data interchange 
  • Edible Oil Tanker 
    A cargo ship designed for the bulk transport of Edible Oils in tanks. Tanks will be stainless steel or lined. New vessels will be classified as chemical carriers 
  • Edible Oil Tanker, Inland Waterways 
    A tanker for the bulk carriage of edible oils which is not suitable for trading in open waters. New vessels will be classified as chemical tankers as defined in the International Bulk Chemical Code 
    International data interchange standards sponsored by the United Nations. See UN/EDIFACT. 
  • EDRC 
    Effective Daily Recovery Capacity 
  • EDTA 
    Ethylenediamine Tetraacetic Acid. See Ethyleneamines 
  • EEC 
    European Economic Community 
  • EEDI 
    Energy Efficiency Design Index 
  • EEOI 
    Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator 
  • EEPC 
    European Ethylene Producers Committee (a sub-group of LOSG). For more information, click here. 
  • EETF 
    Eastern European Terminal Forum 
  • EFFA 
    European Flavor and Fragrance Association 
  • Effluent carrier 
    A vessel equipped for the transportation of effluents. Discharge at sea is now illegal 
  • EFOA 
    European Fuel Oxygenates Association, a sector group of the Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe (APPE). 
  • EFPIA 
    European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations 
  • EFTA 
    European Free Trade Association 
  • EG 
    Ethylene Glycol. Generic term for a family of ethylene glycols, the most important of which is monoethylene glycol.  
  • EGBE 
    Ethylene Glycol Butyl Ether 
  • EGBEA 
    Ethylene Glycol Butyl Ether Acetate 
  • EGC 
    Code for Existing Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk 
  • EGC 
    Enhanced Group Calling 
  • EGM 
    Export general manifest 
  • EGMBE 
    Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether 
  • EGY 
  • EI 
    East Indies 
    European IPPC Bureau (See Best Available Techniques) 
  • EIU 
    Even if used 
  • EIUBE 
    Even if used both ends 
  • EL 
    Electric motor room (OCIMF acronym) 
  • Elastomer 
    A polymer that forms a disorganized molecular pile capable of uncoiling and recoiling in response to physical force and its removal. This ability to yield and recover makes a substance rubbery. Industry turns molecules into flexible, strectchable, compres
  • Elastomer 
    A polymer with the properties of rubber. Polymers that can be formulated as elastomers are polyurethane, butyl rubber, silicones and specially treated ethylene-propylene copolymers. 
  • Electricity Generating Pontoon, non propelled 
    A non propelled pontoon used for the purpose of electricity generation 
  • Electrochemical corrosion 
    corrosion involving at lest one anodic reaction and one cathodic reaction 
  • Electrochemical protection 
    Corrosion protection achieved by electrical control of the corrosion potential. See also anodic protection and cathodic protection 
  • Electrode 
    Electronic conductor in contact with an electrolyte 
  • Electrode potential 
    voltage measured in the external circuit between an electrode and reference electrode in contact with the same electrolyte 
  • Electrode reaction 
    Interfacial reaction which gives rise to a transfer of charge between an electronic conductor and an electrolyte 
  • Electrolyte 
    Medium in which electric current is transported by ions 
  • Elemica 
    Elemica is a trademark of the Elemica group of companies. 
  • Elevating 
    – A charge for services performed in connection with floating elevators. – Charges assessed for the handling of grain through grain elevators. 
  • Elkins Act 
    An act of Congress (1903) prohibiting rebates, concession, misbilling, etc. and providing specific penalties for such violations. 
  • ELV 
    Emission Limit Value 
    Electric Ventilation 
  • Embargo 
    Order to restrict the hauling of freight. 
  • EMD 
    Emergency Management Division 
  • EMED 
    East Mediterranean 
  • Eminent Domain 
    The sovereign power to take property for a necessary public use, with reasonable compensation. 
  • EMM 
    Environmental management manual 
  • EMPA 
    European Melamine Producers Association, a sector group of Cefic. 
  • Empty Repo 
    Contraction for Empty Repositioning. The movement of empty containers. 
  • EMR 
    Effective Mooring Revision 
  • Emulsifier 
    Agents which markedly lower the interfacial tension between oil and water or other liquid, thus permitting them to mix or form emulsions. Lecithin and mono and diglycerides are emulsifiers derived from fats and oils and are widely used in food products (m
  • Emulsifiers 
    Additives that allow oils to be mixed with water and water to be mixed with oils. They alter the surface properties of materials they contact because of their amphiphilic nature. That is to say, they have chemical affinity to both lipid and aqueous phases
  • ENC 
    Electronic Navigational Charts 
  • Endocrine disruptor 
    An exogenous substance or physical agent that causes adverse health effects in the intact organism or its progeny through changes in endocrine function.  
  • Endorsement 
    A legal signature usually placed on the reverse of a draft; signifies transfer of rights from the holder to another party. 
  • ENE 
    East North-East 
  • Engine Officer 
    Officers responsible for operation and maintenance of complex electric and mechanical plant and associated control systems throughout the vessel including the main engine, boilers, pumps, electrical generators, refrigeration plant and fresh water generato
  • Engler 
    A not particularly popular method of measuring and reporting viscosity. 
  • Enhanced Survey 
    A survey carried out on tankers over 5 years of age, under the enhanced programme of inspection required by Marpol Annex 1 Reg. 13G. The Enhanced Programme of Surveys has been introduced to address the structural problems associated with "old" ships. Th 
  • ENI 
    European Number of Identification 
  • Entrance Channel 
    A navigable channel connecting the ocean or lake to an enclosed water body such as a bay, estuary, river, or mouth of a navigable stream (EM 1110-2-1613). 
  • Entry 
    Customs documents required to clear an import shipment for entry into the general commerce of a country. 
  • Enviro Return Management 
    System for legal and environment-friendly management of used ozone-depleting refrigerants  
  • Enviroclean 
    Product name for an environmentally-adapted degreasing agent for engine rooms and tank cleaning 
  • Environmental System Inspections 
    Inspection of refrigeration systems to ensure optimum operating conditions and prevent leaks 
  • EO 
    Ethylene Oxide. A chemical intermediate used in the manufacture of glycol ethers, ethoxylates and ethylene glycol. Ethylene oxide derivatives have a wide range of applications, from detergents and cosmetics to antifreeze; they are also used in the manufac
  • EOOW 
    Engineer Officer of the Watch 
  • EP 
    Estimated position 
  • EPA 
    United States Environmental ProtectionAgency 
  • EPC 
    Ethylene Producers Committee 
  • EPCA 
    European Petrochemical Association 
  • EPDLA 
    European Polymer Dispersion and Latex Association, a sector group of Cefic. 
  • EPER 
    European Pollutant Emission Register 
  • EPIRB 
    Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon 
  • Epoxidation 
    The reaction by which unsaturated acids are converted to epoxy acids. This is a cis addition of oxygen to the double bond, usually affected by a peroxy acid such as peroxyformic or peroxyacetic. The reaction is carried out on an industrial scale to produc
  • Epoxy resins 
    A flexible resin made using phenols and used chiefly in coatings, adhesives, electrical laminants and composites for its excellent adhesion, strength and chemical resistance. 
  • EPRA 
    European Phenolic Resins Association, an afficiliated sector group of the Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe (APPE). For more information, click here. 
  • EPS 
    Expanded Polystyrene. Manufactured from styrene, is a thermal plastic material supplied to moulders in the form of a polystyrene bead. The beads, which contain a blowing agent, are processed and moulded into low-density foam articles, such as protective p
  • EPSDG 
    Ethyleneamines Product Stewardship Discussion Group 
  • Equalization 
    A monetary allowance to the customer for picking up or delivering at a point other than the destination shown on the bill of lading. This provision is covered by tariff publication. 
    Equasis aims at collecting and disseminating quality and safety-related information on the world’s merchant ships provided to it by holders of such information. 
  • Equipment Interchange Receipt (EIR) 
    A document transferring a container from one carrier to another, or to/from a terminal. 
  • Equity holders 
    Companies entitled to some portion of an oil field's production due to their investment in its development. See producers. 
  • Equity Lifting 
    The lifting of a quantity of cargo to which the lifter is entitled by reason of its ownership of an interest in the field producing the cargo. 
  • ER 
    Engine room 
  • ER 
    Engine room floor (OCIMF acronym) 
    Expected ready to load 
  • Erosion 
    The progressive loss of material from a solid surface due to mechanical interaction between that surface and a fluid, a multi-component fluid, or solid particles carried with the fluid 
  • Erosion corrosion 
    Process involving conjoint corrosion and erosion 
  • ERT 
    Emergency Response Team 
  • Erucic Acid 
    Erucic acid consists of a 22 carbon chain with one double bond on the thirteenth carbon atom. It is a major component of seed oils of the brassica family such as rapeseed or mustard seed. High levels of erucic acid in the diet have been found to have unde
  • ERV 
    Each round voyage.(usually in Tanker Trade) 
  • Erythema 
    Excess of reddening of a tissue due to increased flow of blood. 
  • ES-VOC-CG 
    European Solvent Volatile Organic Compounds Co-ordination Group, a cross industry group of solvents producers, users' trade associations and national chemical associations aiming to address the VOC Directive. 
  • Escalation clause 
    A clause allowing for an adjustment 
  • Escort 
    A combat vessel used to escort other vessels and protect them from attack 
  • ESD 
    Emergency Shut-down 
  • ESIG 
    European Solvents Industry Group, a group within the Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe (APPE) gathering manufacturers and users of oxygenated and hydrocarbon solvents. 
  • ESP 
    Enhanced Survey Program 
  • ESPA 
    European Stabilizers Producers Association, a sector group of Cefic. 
  • ESPH 
    Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards 
  • ESQA 
    Environment, Safety and Quality Assurance (CMS) 
  • ESRA 
    European Synthetic Rubber Association, an affiliate of Cefic. 
  • Essential Oil 
    A volatile oil obtained as an extract from herbs, spices, flower petals etc and used for its perfume or flavour properties. 
  • EST 
    Estimated; European Standard Time 
  • Ester 
    Any of a class of organic compounds made from the chemical reaction between an alcohol and an organic acid. 
  • Ester Value 
    The ester value is the number of milligrams of potassium hydroxide required to saponify the neutral oil in one gram of fat. It is equal to the saponification value minus the acid value. 
  • Esterification  
    The reaction by which esters are formed from alcohols and acids, usually in the presence of an acidic catalyst, or with the more reactive acid anhydrides or chlorides for which no catalyst is required. Esters can also be changed to other ester by alcoholy
  • ETA 
    Estimated Time of Arrival 
  • ETA, C, D, R, S 
    – Estimated Time of Arrival, Completion, Departure, Readiness, or Sailing – Estimated Time of Availability. That time when a tractor/partner carrier is available for dispatch. 
  • ETBC 
    Easy trimmer bulk carrier 
  • ETBE 
  • ETC 
    Estimaged Time of Commencement (or Completion) 
  • ETD 
    Estimated Time of Departure 
  • ETF 
    Expected time of finishing 
  • Eth 
  • Ethane 
    A gaseous hydrocarbon, the second most important constituent of natural gas, it also occurs dissolved in petroleum oils and as a by-product of oil refinery operations and of the carbonization of coal. Ethane is a major raw material for the huge ethylene p
  • Ethanol 
    Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol is manufactured by synthesis from ethylene. It is an oxygenated hydrocarbon used in a wide variety of high performance solvent applications (toiletries and cosmetics, paints, lacquer thinners, printing inks, dyes, dete
  • Ethanolamine 
    Ethanolamines are prepared by the reaction of ammonia and ethylene oxide. They include monoethanolamine (MEA), diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA). The three are widely used in industry, principally as absorbents for acidic components of natura
  • Ethene 
    See Ethylene 
  • Ether 
    Ethers, like alcohols and phenols are oxygenated derivatives. An ether has two hydrocarbon groups bonded to the oxygen atom. Diethyl ether (also called simply ether) is the most common variety. It is widely used as a solvent and as a volatile, combustible
  • Ethyl acetate 
    A volatile ester used as solvents for resins, lacquers, paints, and varnishes. 
  • Ethyl acrylate 
    Ethyl acrylate is a colorless liquid used in the production of polymers, water-based latex paints and adhesives, textile and paper coatings, leather finish resins, and in the production of acrylic fibers 
  • Ethyl alcohol 
    See Ethanol 
  • Ethyl hexanol 
    2-Ethyl hexanol (2EH) is an higher aliphatic alcohol.. 2EH is also used as a solvent and has a particular niche use in the formation of lacquers and coatings when slow evaporation is desired 
  • Ethylbenzene 
    Ethylbenzene is formed by combination of ethylene and benzene, and is then dehydrogenated to styrene for use in the production of plastics and synthetic rubber. For more information click website. 
  • Ethylene 
    Also called ethene, ethylene is the simplest member of the olefinic hydrocarbon series and one of the most important raw materials of the organic chemical industry. It occurs in both petroleum and natural gas, but the bulk of the industrial material is pr
  • Ethylene 
    Two-carbon olefin used to make plastic films, fibers, molding compounds, and other products. 
  • Ethylene dichloride 
    Liquid, most commonly used in the production of vinyl chloride monomer, starting material for chlorinated solvents such as 1,1,1-trichloroethane, vinylidene chloride, trichloroethylene, and perchloroethylene, solvent for processing pharmaceutical products
  • Ethylene plant 
  • Ethylene Tanker 
    A semi-pressurised LPG tanker specifically for the bulk carriage of ethylene. Cargo is refrigerated at -104 deg C 
  • Ethyleneamine 
    Ethyleneamines are organic compounds essential in the manufacture of a wide range of products from detergents, paints and fuel oils to pharmaceuticals, soaps, asphalt and paper. Ethyleneamines include ethylenediamine (EDA), diethylenetriamine (DETA) and h
  • ETOPS 
    Emergency Towing-off Pennant System 
  • ETPs 
    Engineering thermoplastics 
  • ETR 
    Expected to be ready 
  • ETRMA 
    European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association  
  • ETS 
    Estimated Time of Sailing 
  • EU 
    European Union 
    European Apparel and Textile Organization 
    Association of Flexible Packaging in Europe 
    European Mediterranean 
    European Association of Cable Manufacturers 
    European Petroleum Industry Association 
  • Evaporation of volatile substances 
    Tank Cleaning: Cargoes consisting of mixtures with different vapor pressures should neither be cleaned by evaporation, nor prewashed hot. The evaporation of the light substances from a mixture could result in non-volatile residues, which are very difficul
  • Evaporation Rate 
    The rate at which a product will vaporize when compared to the rate of vaporization of a known material (usually Butyl Acetate with rate designated as 1.0). Evaporation rate can be useful in evaluating the health and fire hazards of a material. Rates are
  • EWIB 
    Eastern Weighing and Inspection Bureau. 
  • EWPM 
    European Wood Protection Manufacturers 
  • Ex - “From” 
    When used in pricing terms such as “Ex Factory” or “Ex Dock,” it signifies that the price quoted applies only at the point of origin indicated. 
  • Ex Dec 
    Contraction for “Shipper’s Export Declaration.” 
  • Ex-Works 
    An Incoterm of sale meaning the seller delivers to the buyer at seller’s named premises. 
  • EXC 
  • Excepted or Excluded 
    EXCEPTED or EXCLUDED shall mean that the Days specified do not count as Laytime even if loading or discharging is carried out on them. 
  • Exception 
    Notations made when the cargo is received at the carrier’s terminal or loaded aboard a vessel. They show any irregularities in packaging or actual or suspected damage to the cargo. Exceptions are then noted on the bill of lading. 
  • EXCL 
    Excluding or Excluded or Exclusive 
  • EXCOM 
    Executive Committee 
  • Exhibition Vessel 
    A mobile vessel used for exhibitions, trade fairs and the like 
  • EXIBA 
    European Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Board Association, a sector group of Cefic. 
  • EXIM Bank 
    Export–Import Bank of the United States: An independent U.S. Government Agen- cy which facilitates exports of U.S. goods by providing loan guarantees and insurance for repayment of bank–provided export credit. 
  • EXINS 
    Extra Insurance 
  • Existing chemicals 
    Chemical substances, which were deemed to be on the European Community market between 1 January 1971 and 18 September 1981. An "existing" chemical substance is in the EU defined as any chemical substance listed in the European Inventory of Existing Commer
  • Expiry Date 
    Issued in connection with documents such as letters of credit, tariffs, etc. to advise that stated provisions will expire at a certain time. 
    Expected to load 
  • Export 
    Shipment of goods to a foreign country. 
  • Export Declaration 
    A government document declaring designated goods to be shipped out of the country. To be completed by the exporter and filed with the U.S. Government. 
  • Export License 
    A government document which permits the “Licensee” to engage in the export of designated goods to certain destinations. 
  • Export Rate 
    A rate published on traffic moving from an interior point to a port for transshipment to a foreign country. 
  • Exposed Waters 
    any waters that are more than 20 nautical miles from a harbour or safe refuge, or those waters which are less than 20 nautical miles from a harbour or safe refuge and which are not designated coastal or protected waters. 
  • Exposure assessment 
    The exposure assessment is the determination of the emissions in order to estimate the concentrations/doses of a substance to which human populations or environmental spheres (water, soil and air) are or may be exposed. 
  • Extended Well Test 
    When oil is discovered the well must be tested to determine flow rates, reservoir performance and fluid/gas composition. In some complex reservoirs, it may be necessary to flow the well for a long time to determine whether a full field development can be
  • Extinguishing Media 
    Specifies the fire-fighting agents that should be used to extinguish fires 
  • Extraction (Solvent) 
    The process of obtaining oil from a seed or other source by the use of an organic solvent (usually hexane) is termed extraction. Following several pretreatment steps, culminating in the production of seed flakes, whose oil cell walls have been ruptured un
  • Extraneous rust 
    Rust not originating from the steel under consideration, e.g., rust brought to the site from a rusting iron object by means of a flowing liquid, or formed by rusting of iron particles brought to the steel surface 
  • EXW 
    Ex Works (named place of delivery) The seller makes the goods available at its premises. This term places the maximum obligation on the buyer and minimum obligations on the seller. The Ex Works term is often used when making an initial quotation for the s
  • EXW (Ex Works) (...Named Place) 
    A Term of Sale which means that the seller fulfills the obligation to deliver when he or she has made the goods available at his/her premises (i.e., works, factory, warehouse, etc.) to the buyer. In particular, the seller is not responsible for loading th
  • Ethyl hexanol 
    2-Ethyl hexanol (2EH) is an higher aliphatic alcohol.. 2EH is also used as a solvent and has a particular niche use in the formation of lacquers and coatings when slow evaporation is desired