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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

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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

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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

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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


ABS: New Guidance for Certifying Lifting Appliances

Updated Guide includes latest industry standards.   [PRESS RELEASE] (Houston) ABS has published a new edition of the ABS Guide for Certification of Lifting Appliances that includes construction and operation of modern lifting appliances.  


VOS Partner Delivered to Vroon

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Netherlands based shipping company Vroon has taken delivery of a newly built platform supply vessel (PSV), VOS Partner. The vessel was handed over to Vroon on January 14 during a ceremony at Cosco Guangdong Shipyard in China.   The Dutch flagged VOS Partner is the third of six PX121-type


Zentech Inks Deal for Two Z-210 with CSSC

Zentech’s MOU’s with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for the construction of two (2) Z-210 mobile offshores units Photo Zentech

Zentech Incorporated of Houston, Texas, USA signed contracts with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited for the construction of (2) Z-210 Mobile Offshore Units. These contracts were finalized based on the Letter of Intent received by CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard on September 23,2015


Inland Vessel Profile: USACE’s Dan Reeves

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The newly built M/V Dan Reeves was commissioned in January of 2016 for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Little Rock District. Built by Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., overseen by the USACE Marine Design


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


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

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  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


Seajacks Scylla Delivered

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Seajacks Scylla, touted as the world's largest and most advanced wind farm installation and offshore construction vessel, has been delivered by the Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard in Geoje, Republic of Korea.   Based on the Gusto MSC NG14000X design, the ABS-classed Seajacks Scylla


Shipbuilding: Inland Towing Thunderstruck

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Eastern Shipbuilding offers the 4,200 hp Thunderbolt inland towboat designed around twin azimuthing Verhaar Omega electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology. The ESG approach was collaborative, with input from operators, naval architects (Gilbert Associates, Inc


New ATB Tug Built for Kirby

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Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Nichols Boats), located in Freeland, Wash., recently completed the M/V Nancy Peterkin, a 136’ x 44’ x 23’, 10,000 HP ATB Tug for Kirby Offshore Marine (Kirby), located in Houston, Texas.   


US LNG Bunker Barge Nearing Launch Date

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North America’s first LNG bunker barge is scheduled to be launched in February of 2016, Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME) announced following a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) hosted tour at Conrad Shipyard in Orange, Texas






 
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