Each industry has its own lingo, way of talking or speaking. Nowadays, everything has an acronym. Please find the below list of standard acronyms used in the Inland River, Port and Terminal industry.

If we are missing an acronym, please feel free to suggest an addition.


ACBL American Commercial Barge Line
AMH America's Marine Highway
AMPE Accredited Maritime Port Executive
AMSC Area Maritime Security Committees
AOPOA Arkansas Oklahoma Port Operators Association
ARERT Arkansas River Emergency Reaction Team
ASLRRA American Short Line ad Regional Railroad Association
ATON Aids to Navigation
AWA Arkansas Waterways Association
AWC Arkansas Waterways Commission
AWO American Waterways Operators Association
AWS Alert Warning System
BLC Bureau of Labor Statistics
BNM Broadcast to Mariners- USCG
BOL Bill of Lading
CEA Council of Economic Advisors
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CFS Cubic Feet per Second
CGB Consolidated Grain & Barge
CGCSO Coast Guard Cyber Strategic Outlook
CG-CVC Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance
CGCYBER U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command
CG-ENG Coast Guard Office of Design and Engineering Standards
CG-FAC Coast Guard Office of Port and Facility Compliance
CIRCIA Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022
CISA Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
COB Container on Barge
COTP Captain of the Port
CPG Cybersecurity Performance Goal
CRISI Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements
CRM Cyber Risk Management
CSF Cybersecurity framework
CSRC Computer Secure Resource Center
CTLC Consolidated Terminals & Logistics
CySO Cybersecurity officer
DERA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Program
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DOD Department of Defense
DOT Department of Transportation
EDA Economic Development Agency
EOC Emergency Operation Center
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
ESF Emergency Support Function
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FR Federal Register
FRA Federal Railroad Administration
FSA Facility Security Assessment
FSP Facility Security Plan
GICA Gulf and Intracoastal Canal Association
GIWW Gulf and Intracoastal Waterway
HLSEM Homeland Security and Emergency Management
HMI Human-machine interface
IAMPE International Association of Maritime Port Executives
ICR Information collection request
IEc Industrial Economics, Incorporated
IIJA Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act
IMO International Maritime Organization
INFRA Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Program
IP Internet Protocol
IRCA Illinois River Carriers' Association
IRFA Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
IRPT Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals
ISM International Safety Management
IT Information Technology
IWR Institute of Water Resources, a division of the USACE
IWUB Inland Waterways Users Board
KEV Known Exploited Vulnerability
L&D Lock and Dam
LMR Lower Mississippi River
LOMRC Lower Mississippi River Committee
LPMS Lock Performance Monitoring System
MARAD Maritime Administration
MCAAG Maritime Cybersecurity Assessment and Annex Guide
MEGA National Infrastructure Project Assistance Program
MISLE Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement
MM Mile Marker
MODU Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPM Maritime Port Manager
MRRP Missouri River Recovery Program
MSC Marine Safety Center
MSC–FAL International Maritime Organization's Marine Safety Committee and
Facilitation Committee
MSIB Marine Safety Information Bulletin
MTS Marine Transportation System
MTSA Marine Transportation Security Act 2002
MTSNAC Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee
MVTTC Mississippi Valley Trade & Transport Council
NAFTZ National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones
NAICS North American Industry Classification System
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NMSAC National Maritime Security Advisory Committee
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOFO Notice of Funding Opportunity
NRC National Response Center
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NVIC Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular
NWC National Waterways Conference
NWS National Weather Service
O & D Origination and Destination
OCMI Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection
OCS Outer Continental Shelf
OEWS Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
OMB Office of Management and Budget
ORBA Ohio River Basin Alliance
OSV Offshore Supply Vessel
OT Operational Technology
PAL Ports Association of Louisiana
PIDP Port Infrastructure Development Program
PII Personally Identifiable Information
PROTECT Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation Program
PSGP Port Security Grant Program
QCEW Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
RAISE Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity
RIA Regulatory Impact Analysis
RIAC River Industry Action Committee
RM River Mile
RURAL Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program
SBA Small Business Administration
SEC Sector
SEMA State Emergency Management
SME Subject Matter Expert
SMS Safety management system
T&I Transportation and Infrastructure (Committee in House of Representatives)
TPO Third Party Organization
TSI Transportation security incident
TSMS Towing Safety Management Systems
UMIB Urgent Marine Information Broadcast
UMR Upper Mississippi River
UMRBA Upper Mississippi River Basin Association
USACE United States Army Corps of Engineers
U.S.C. United States Code
USCG United States Coast Guard
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
VOR Vessel Operating Report
VSA Vessel Security Assessment
VSP Vessel Security Plan
WAP Waterways Action Plan
WCI Waterways Council Inc
WRDA Water Resources Development Act