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Glossary term Description

foot or feet. Imperial measure, equivalent to 0.3048 m. Still widely used in US and remains the standard measure in a few industrial situations


Floating storage unit (see FPSO), without production facilities on board. See also SBM and SPM


Floating storage and regasification unit. This the generic name for an LNG unit, which may or may not have propulsion, which is equipped to store LNG as a liquid on board and able to regasify the liquid to a vapour for discharge ashore, either from an offshore mooring or alongside, directly into a gas grid system. The term EBRV is a trademark for a design called Energy Bridge Regasification Vessel. These vessels also have a moonpool and facilities for connecting directly to an offshore floating turret buoy for discharge ashore, which may not be installed on all FSRUs  


Floating storage and regasification plant (see also EBRV).


Floating storage and offloading systems (no production processing equipment).


floating storage and offloading (facility)


Ship's cargo. Also the money paid under a charterparty

freezer container This is a special type of refrigerated container which can maintain the temperature of the cargo at approximately -65°C. At approximately -62°C, the "eutectic point" is reached, i.e. as of this temperature, all the water in a product is completely frozen. No microbial activity can occur when there is no free water, and therefore the product does not suffer any further loss of quality. At these temperatures, the product has an infinite storage life.

Distance between waterline and uppermost continuous deck (deckline). Not to be confused with airdraught


Floating production, storage and offloading facility. Normally a converted tanker, although many are now purpose-built, permanently moored where some refining of crude may take place on board. Offload tankers may moor either alongside (parallel) or astern (tandem) or via nearby SBM and load cargo to be taken for further refining elsewhere. See also SBM, SPM