1. Defined Terms

    "Abu Dhabi" means the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates.
    "Acceptable" means a vessel which is rated acceptable by the ADNOC Ship Vetting Department in the vetting process.
    "ADNOC" means Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.
    "ADNOC Code of Practice COPV 4-08" means the technical guidance note on the essential features of marine transport risk assessment and control) as issued by ADNOC Health, Safety and Environment (HSE).
    "ADNOC Group" means ADNOC together with each company in which ADNOC, directly or indirectly, controls more than fifty percent (50%) of the share capital.
    "ADNOC Ship Vetting Department" means the department within the PPA established by Supreme Petroleum Circular (2/2005) dated 26 February 2005 and assigned to implement and manage the Ship Vetting System with its function to provide the necessary marine risk management and assurance to the ADNOC Group and other business entities involved in the marine transport of oil, gas and chemicals in bulk and with authority to inspect, assess and vet ships calling in Abu Dhabi
    "ANDOC Ship Vetting Terms and Conditions" means the terms and conditions pursuant to which the ship vetting process shall be undertaken and which vessel owners must sign before a ship vetting inspection is carried out.
    "AED" means United Arab Emirates Dirham.
    "CAP" means Condition Assessment Program.
    "CEO" means chief executive officer.
    "CICPA" means Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority.
    "Class" means a vessel classification society, a non-governmental organization that establishes and maintains technical standards for the construction and operation of vessels and offshore structures.
    "Class Memoranda" means Information related to a vessel, its machinery and equipment or to rule requirements which does not require a survey or corrective action. Class Memoranda may be issued relating to items considered to be of no immediate material significance regarding safety, but which nevertheless require owners to attend to in the future.
    "COA" means Contract of Affreightment.
    "Condition of Class" means the requirement imposed by Class which will affect the vessel's class if not complied with by the assigned due date. A condition of class is a defect/blemish of hull/machinery/equipment, repair of which cannot be left to the direction of owner.
    "Craft Entry Permit" means a permit issued to a vessel's operators by the relevant Harbour Master.
    "Group Company" means any company within the ADNOC Group, other than ADNOC.
    "Harbour Master" A person appointed by the PPA to execute, on its behalf, the duties of a harbour master as prescribed by the PPA and shall include his assistants or subordinates who are, or may be, duly authorized to act on his behalf.
    "IACS" means International Association of Classification Societies.
    "IBC Code" means the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk.
    "ILO" means International Labour Organization.
    "IMDG" means International Maritime Dangerous Goods.
    "IMO" means International Maritime Organization.
    "IOPP" means International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate.
    "ISM Code" means International Safety Management Code as amended from time to time.
    "LNG" means Liquefied Natural Gas.
    "LPG" means Liquefied Petroleum Gas.
    "MLC" means Maritime Labour Convention.
    "NBQ" means New Building Questionnaire.
    "OCIMF" means Oil Companies International Marine Forum.
    "OCIMF Member Companies" means Companies which are members of the OCIMF.
    "OCIMF-SIRE" means Oil Companies International Marine Forum Ship Inspection reporting database.
    "OCIMF VIQ Officers' Matrix" means electronic record of officers on board the vessel at any given time which the vessel operator is obliged to maintain and keep up-to-date and which forms part of the SIRE harmonised vessel particulars questionnaire.
    "OBO" means Ore-Bulk-Oil Carrier.
    "OVID" means Offshore Vessel Inspection Database.
    "Petroleum Ports" means all ports owned and operated by ADNOC as defined by Law 12/1973 as amended, which includes the Port of Jebel Dhanna Ruwais, Das Zirku, Mubarraz, Sas Al Nakhl and any associated harbours.
    "Petroleum Port Limits" means the port limits as defined in the Petroleum Port Regulations.
    "Petroleum Port Regulations" means the regulations issued by PPA in accordance with the Petroleum Ports Law No. 12 of 1973 and the amending Laws No. 1, 3, 34 and 45 issued at Abu Dhabi on 27th February 1980, 28th April 1981 , 5th May 1985, and 4th November 2003 respectively.
    "Policy" means this ADNOC Group Ship Vetting Policy.
    "PPA" means the Petroleum Ports Authority Unit of the Business & Commercial Support Directorate of ADNOC.
    "PSC" means Port State Control.
    "Riyadh MOU" means Riyadh Memorandum of Understanding dated June 2004.
    "RORO" means Roll On Roll Off vessels.
    "Ship Vetting System" means the system for vetting ships established under Supreme Petroleum Circular (2/2005) dated 26 February 2005 and effective from 1 March 2005.
    "SIRE" means Ship Inspection Report Program.
    "SOLAS Convention" means the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
    "SPC" means the Supreme Petroleum Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
    "STCW" means the standards of training, certification and watch keeping.
    "TASNEEF" means the UAE Classification Society.
    "Terminal Negative Feedback Form" means the form issued by terminal operators to report any deficiencies noted on vessels calling at their terminals.
    "TMSA" means Tanker Management & Self-Assessment.
    "UAE" means United Arab Emirates.
    "USCG (COC)" means United States Coast Guard - Certificate of Compliance.
    "USD" means United States dollars.
    "VIQ" means Vessel Inspection Questionnaire.
    "VPQ" means Vessel Particular Questionnaire.

    For the purpose of this Policy, the words ship and vessel are used interchangeably.