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ABS Nautical Systems Inks Contracts in Greece

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ABS Nautical Systems has signed two new contracts in Greece with Millenia Maritime Inc. and TMS Tankers Ltd.  Both companies will benefit from the ABS Newbuild Program which offers free software to ABS-classed vessels built after 1 January 2009.   Millenia Martime Inc. will be installing the Hull Inspection and Maintenance & Repair modules from the NS5 Enterprise software suite on nine of its ABS-classed chemical carriers as a way to test a potentially more user-friendly system.  These modules provide the ability to track the condition of a vessel’s structure throughout its service life and allow operators to generate a preventive maintenance plan that is easy for the crew on board to use on a daily basis.    TMS Tankers Ltd. was looking for a way to improve the information they provide to their crews, as well as a more efficient way to generate reports for better analysis.  They will utilize the Hull Inspection module on 37 of its ABS-classed vessels, which will enhance their ability to manage vessel maintenance and repair.  

ABS Nautical wins Two More Clients

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ABS Nautical Systems Sign Two New Customer in Greece.    ABS Nautical Systems has signed contracts with TMS Bulkers Ltd. and TMS Dry Ltd. for use of its NS5 Enterprise software.  The Greece based bulk carrier operating companies for the TMS group were both looking to improve the machinery and structural assessment programs that are already in place.   Both companies will implement the Hull Inspection and Maintenance & Repair software through the ABS Newbuild

ABS - 60 Yrs in Brazilian Market

ABS has marked the 60th anniversary of its activities providing classification services to the Brazilian shipping and offshore industries with a dinner in Rio de Janeiro attended by luminaries from the Brazilian maritime community. Speaking at the dinner ABS Chairman and CEO Robert D. Somerville noted the significant expansion of the offshore, shipbuilding and shipowning sectors that is currently taking place in Brazil

ABS Reports Increase in Fleet Size


Speaking at the 150th Annual Members Meeting of the classification society on 24 April 2012, in New York, ABS Chairman Robert D. Somerville reported that every sector of the ABS enterprise “contributed to another year of record performance in terms of the size of the ABS-classed fleet and strong orderbook.” ABS will continue to use its experience and knowledge “to create the innovations that will shape the maritime classification,” said Somerville.

Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Third Tiger Shark Vessel to Harvey Gulf

 The HARVEY CHAMPION was delivered on August 7th, 2012

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Delivers Third “Tiger Shark Class” Vessel to Harvey Gulf International Marine. Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the early delivery of the HARVEY CHAMPION, the third of three (3) 292 ft. Tiger Shark Class, Offshore Support Vessels being constructed for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC of New Orleans, LA. The HARVEY CHAMPION was delivered on August 7th, 2012 after successfully completing dock trials

Eastern Tallies Another Bravante Delivery

Rendering of M/V Bravante VIII courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the on-time delivery of the M/V Bravante VIII (Hull 158) on Tuesday September 9, 2014 to Boldini S.A., Bravante Group of Brazil. The Bravante VII (Hull 157), the third in the series, was delivered three months earlier and is currently on charter in Brazil. The fifth and final vessel the Bravante IX (Hull 159) was launched on August 28, 2014 and will deliver in January 2015.

Norway Recognizes ABS MODU Rules


The maritime authority of Norway, the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD), has extended its authorization to class society ABS to include Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) in its scope as a Recognized Organization (RO).  This entitles ABS to class Norwegian-flagged rigs without having to perform additional safety equivalencies or a GAP analysis to meet Norwegian law.   The additional annex to the existing agreement between NMD and ABS was signed the week of Feb

ABS Registered Fleet Surpasses 200-Million Gross Tons

Classification society ABS announce that its registered fleet has surpassed 200 million gross tons. Approximately 12,000 vessels representing 105 flag States currently are registered with ABS. "This important milestone reflects our commitment to providing best-in-class service to the marine and offshore industries," said ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. "Over the past decade, we have made strategic investments in research and technology

FloScan: ABS Certification for New Flowmeters

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FloScan Instrument Company said that the new Series K Stainless Steel Diesel Flow Sensor that has earned ABS Product Design Assessment Certification. FloScan is a manufacturer of fuel monitoring systems for permanent installation on diesel and gasoline engines. FloScan Systems are installed worldwide on commercial and recreational vessels, stationary industrial generators and general aviation aircraft.  With the introduction of the new Stainless Steel Series K Flow Sensor

ABS Secures Prestigious PFLNG Classification Contract


ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global offshore industry, has been awarded the classification contract from PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national oil company, for the company’s second floating LNG facility (PFLNG 2). The vessel will be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in Geoje, Korea. “This is a very significant award for us,” says ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

Jensen Maritime to Design Two 120' Tugboats

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Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, was recently selected to provide the ABS Class and functional designs for two, new 120-foot twin screw tugboats for Ice Flow, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) and Kirby

ABS' Wiernicki: The Head of Class

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The Head of Class: Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President & CEO, American Bureau of Shipping; Chairman IACS   The global maritime industry faces myriad challenges in the ongoing quest to run safe, profitable operations in an oftentimes tumultuous environment

ABS to Class Two More Kogas LNG Carriers

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

  ABS has been selected to class two Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) for SK Shipping, featuring the KC-1 cargo containment system (CCS). The agreement brings to five the number of LNGCs to be built to joint ABS/KR class for Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS)

ABS Deems Crowley Product Tankers 'LNG-Ready'

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Four-ship series built to ABS class is first to take advantage of LNG-Ready approval for potential conversion to LNG fuel in the future   ABS has issued the first LNG-Ready approval in accordance with its Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels to a product tanker

ABS to Class 45,000 cbm LNG Carrier

ABS, a provider of classification services to the maritime and offshore industries, has been chosen to class a new design of medium-sized LNG carrier to be built in China for Landmark Capital. The 45,000 cbm vessel, featuring self-supporting IMO Type-A tanks mounted within an insulated hold

Crew Supply Vessel Delivered in Louisiana

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Lady Tierney, a 205-foot monohull DP-2 crew supply vessel, has been delivered for Sea Supply, Inc., a B&J Martin Inc. subsidiary, of Galliano, Louisiana.   With design expertise from Incat Crowther’s Lafayette, La. office, combined with concept design and standards from the Morgan

ABS to Class Newbuild Semisubmersible, Liftboat

This artist’s rendering shows the three units that will make up the Baoham fleet upon delivery of the newbuilds now on order. (Image courtesy of Global Maritime)

Baoham Offshore (HK) Ltd. has selected ABS to provide classification services for newbuilds in China.   ABS, a provider of marine and offshore classification services, has been selected by Baoham Offshore (HK) Ltd. to class a drilling semisubmersible and a liftboat.  

Harkand Completes $10.5 mln DSV Upgrade

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Harkand informs it has completed the $10.5 million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico based dive support vessel (DSV) Swordfish. Originally built in 2007, the Swordfish is the youngest DSV in this region. The fully International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) compliant, ABS classed

ABS Drives Game-changing Tech through Research

University Partnership Symposium spotlights research that aims to contribute to sustainable solutions for industry.   Classification society ABS has revealed technological advances at its recent University Partnership Symposium in Houston.   

Eastern to Build 4 Towboats for IWL River

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IWL River, Inc., a Impala Terminals Colombia affiliate, and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) on May 20, 2015 signed a contract for the construction of four 134-foot ABS Classed Inland River, Triple Screw Towboats each with a Retractable Pilothouse (ESG Hulls 243-246)

Ulstein Verft Launches its Largest Ship to Date

Measuring close to 160 meters in length, Yno 302 is the largest vessel built by Ulstein Verft so far (Photo: Ulstein)

On August25, shipbuilder Ulstein Verft launched from its dock hall a special offshore construction vessel, Yno 302, for Island Offshore and Edison Chouest Offshore.   The newbuild measures close to 160 meters in length with at beam of 30 meters

Kirby Selects ABS as Subchapter M Solutions Provider

James Watson, ABS Americas President & COO (image: courtesy ABS)

Proactive effort shows commitment to safety and environmental protection. ABS, a provider of maritime shipping and offshore classification services, has been selected by Kirby Corporation to provide classification and International Safety Management certification for 11 push boats

Kirby Orders 2 More Workboats from NBBB

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) informs it has received orders for the construction of two new 120’ x 35’ x 19’-3” Twin Screw Tugboats for Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC.    Keels will be laid for both vessels this fall

Texas Orders Diesel-electric Ferry

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Southwest Shipyard awarded contract to build new generation of EBDG-designed ferries for Port Aransas, Texas   Southwest Shipyard of Houston, partner of Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), has been selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to build the third vessel in a new

Seaspan Unveils Massive Barge in Canada

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Seaspan bulks up investment in BC’s marine sector, celebrates addition of fourth new barge in the past 10 months  Seaspan Marine unveiled the newest addition to its marine fleet, a 16,000-metric-ton barge named Seaspan 252, during an official commissioning ceremony at Seaspan’s

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