What is in the Ship’s Name?
You must have seen almost every merchant ship starts with either “M.V or M.T." Have you ever wondered what their acronym is?
M.V : Motor Vessel or Motored Vessel.
M.T : Motored Tanker or Motor Tanker.
S.S : Steam Ship,
H.M.S: or H.M.B.S: These are set of acronyms used for referring the ships under Her Majesty. It directly indicates either The Queen or The King of United Kingdom. Earlier, H.B.M.S was used whose acronym is Her Britannic Majesty Ship. These ate not only limiting to ships, but also applicable for submarines and shore establishments.
Infact you can read more details about the ship name acronyms by clicking on this article regarding ship name abbreviations
Usually a ship’s name will be
1. Country or a City name like M.V. State of Saurashtra
2. Woman ‘s name like M.V. Queen Elizabeth II or M.V. Mary
3. Leader’s name M.V. Napoleon Bonaparte
Although the naming ceremony is all about partying and having fun, actually the owner or the company also needs to register this name with the appropriate authorities. There are several formalities regarding this and normally you would have to apply to the classification society or appropriate government authority depending on the country. For example here is a link which leads to the application form for a ship name which is issued by the Director General of Shipping. There are different formalities for different countries and normally these formalities would be completed prior to the actual naming ceremony for obvious reasons
In my next article, let us discuss on how to take over a newly built ship from the yard.