FAF (Fuel adjustment factor)or BAF (Bunker adjustment factor). Shipping is an energy-intensive industry just as liner shipping is a capital-intensive industry with the development of containerisation and expensive container ships.
First Class Charterer. When the charterer does not want his identity known too early, he may instruct his shipbroker ("Charterer's agent") to keep his identity hidden, perhaps until serious shipowners have come up with FIRM OFFERS. The shipbroker will indicate that the charterer is directly known to him and he vouches for the charterer. The shipowner should, however, press for some information as to the identity of the charterer so that he can, perhaps, request BIMCO to check in its "Reference Register" if the nominated "Charterer" is recorded as generally being in default of payments.
First Open Water (FOW). This expression in a fixture report or in a charterparty refers to the date when a port is free from ice conditions sufficiently to allow ships to enter, load /discharge and leave. For example, a ship can be fixed to “ . . . load at First Open Water St Lawrence Seaway . . . ".
Freight idea. When this phrase is used in a communication from one shipbroker to another during negotiations for a charter, it is used by an owner's broker to indicate the desirable level of freight or the intended level of freight a charterer would be prepared to pay (when the phrase is used by a charterer's broker). It is a preliminary to more serious negotiations before the ship is fixed. The freight idea, from either side, can form the foundation of Voyage Estimating. The parties can then use the information to compare what other owners or charterers are considering so as to take up the best employment for the ship.
FEU. Forty foot equivalent unit. This is a unit used to measure the space available for containers. One standard size relates to the external length of the box being forty feet or 12.2m. The carriers in the United States emphasise the FEU whereas in other parts of the world the TEU, “twenty foot equivalent unit” is more accepted.