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What does 'MV' before a ship's name mean?

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What does 'MV' before a ship's name mean? by Kenyans247(m): Thu Jan 2020 11:40am
It stands for ‘Motor Vessel’. Today, almost every ship is a ‘Motor Vessel’, because the alternative, SS meaning ‘Steam Ship’, is rarely used. Steam propulsion these days is by turbine, but it used to be by piston engine, typically a multiple stage engine, with increasing piston sizes as pressure / temperature drops. There were some exceptions, such as the Skinner Uniflow engine we used to use in our icebreakers. That was a long time ago!

Today sailing vessels are becoming more common, and they might be prefaced by SV, or by MV, since most sailing vessels have diesel backups. That being said, all these acronyms are used by convention. There is no statutory requirement that they be used, and we never did. For most of my career we had our own series of acronyms based on the vessel's client, such as FPV for Fisheries Patrol Vessel or FRV for Fisheries Research Vessel. When we ‘joined’ the Canadian Coast Guard in 1995, we all started to use CCGS, for Canadian Coast Guard Ship. By the traditional mechanism, they would all be lumped in as MVs.

RE: What does 'MV' before a ship's name mean? by Kenyans247(m): Thu Jan 2020 11:08am
Common abbreviations used in front of ship’s name are :

MV - Motor Vessel
MT - Motor Tanker
SS - Steam Ship
NS - Nuclear Ship
Naval Ship’s use the preceding abbreviations pertaining to their nation.

example:

INS - Indian Naval Ship
HMS - Her Majesty’s Ship 8) :'&(


RE: What does 'MV' before a ship's name mean? by Kenyans247(m): Thu Jan 2020 11:18am
Common abbreviations used in front of ship’s name are :

MV - Motor Vessel
MT - Motor Tanker
SS - Steam Ship
NS - Nuclear Ship
Naval Ship’s use the preceding abbreviations pertaining to their nation.

example:

INS - Indian Naval Ship
HMS - Her Majesty’s Ship 8) :'&(


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