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.
B&CSD   means ADNOC Business and Commercial Support Directorate.
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.
Standard   means this ADNOC Group Ship Vetting Standard.
PPA   means the Petroleum Ports Authority Function 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 Standard, the words ship and vessel are used interchangeably.