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Casing - pipe with thick walls placed in the drill hole and cemented in place. Prevents the hole from
caving in.
Cave-in - the walls of the drill hole disintegrating and filling up the hole.
Cellar Deck - the level beneath Rotary Table on a rig. On a jack-up this means the well-head and
BOP. On a floating rig, it is the deck from which the guidelines are controlled. May also have a Marine
Riser.
Collar - a thick piece of pipe closest to the bit.
Completion - making the hole ready for production.
Conductor Pipe - casing with large diametre - normally the first first lining or guide pipe fitted during
the drilling operation.
Crane and Construction Vessel/Unit - normally a ship, a barge or a semisubmersible, equipped for
the construction and maintenance of fixed installations. May sometimes offer accommodation. Other
services offered are: Storage facilities, the supply of water, compressed air and electricity, office
space, communications centre, helicoptre landing pad, etc.

Abbreviations

CAACE - Comite des Associations d'Armateurs de la Communaute Europeenne (Brussels) -
organization for shipping companies from the EU.
CACM - Central American Common Market
CAJEA - Council of All Japanese Exporters' Association
CARICOM - Caribbean Community.
CASO - Council of American-flag Ship Operators (eight liner companies which left the AIMS).
CBA - Collective Bargaining Agreement (tariff agreement) - CBA for Filipino seamen between
AMOSUP and ASO is an example. The term is used for any kind of tariff agreement, both for NISships
and foreignflagged ships.
CCA - Chemical Carriers Association
CCAF - Comite des Armateurs de France - the French shipowners' association.
CCC - Customs Co-operation Council - forum for international cooperation between customs
authorities, attempting to create harmony and uniformity of approach.
CE - Conseil de l'Europe (Strasbourg)
C&E - Customs and Excise - British Department for Tariffs and Customs.
CEFOR - Maritime insurers central association.
CEMT - Conference Europeenne des Ministres des Transports - OECD-affiliated organization for
dealing with transportation problems on rails, roads and inland waterways.
CEN - European Standardization Organization
CENSA - Council of European and Japanese National Shipowners' Associations (London).
CIS - Commonwealth of Independant States
CLC - Civil Liability Convention of 1969.
CMI - Comite Maritime International - the international association for maritime law.
COFR - Certificate of Financial Responsibility - regarding the transport of oil to USA. Vessels must
have a certificate guaranteeing the payment of up to USD 1,500 per dwt. in case of oil spills.
COGSA - Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (USA).
COTTON CLUB - informal forum for Western European and Japanese shipping attachees in
Washington.
CRISTAL - Contract Regarding a Supplement to Tanker Liability for Oil Pollution - a voluntary system
established by oil companies in order to "plug" holes in IMO-conventions concerning the financial
settlement of claims in connection with oil spills. The oil companies' supplemet to TOVALOP.
CSC - Container Safety Convention - convention for the promotion of safer containers.
CSG - Consultative Shipping Group - forum for the discussion of shipping policy on Government level.
Fourteen West-European participants and Japan.

   
 

 
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