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ABS Fleet Reaches Record Mark

ABS has broken through the 120m gross ton mark to establish a new all time fleet record. The classification society has benefited from the current active newbuilding market and a steady inflow of existing vessels changing class. With more than 1,400 vessels of almost 25 m gt currently on order to ABS class, the fleet is expected to grow further in the short term. The recent strong interest in new Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), which include jack ups and semisubmersibles has also boosted the ABS orderbook. The society has maintained its dominant position as the leading provider of classification services to the offshore sector with 50 MODUs (43 jackups and 7 semisubmersibles) currently on order to ABS class at yards in Singapore, China and the US with several more contracts pending. ABS had passed its historic fleet record, originally set in 1981, during 2004. Since that time the ABS-classed fleet has established new highs every month until reaching the 120m gt mark in late September. “This is a significant milestone,” said ABS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert D. Somerville. “It confirms our status as the third largest classification society, based on fleet size, and as the leading society in the offshore sector. It also validates our efforts of the last few years to develop technically superior, customer focused standards and services that differentiate ABS in the minds of shipowners.”

ABS Launches ‘ABS Connect’ Mobile Apps

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ABS launched a suite of products that are desgiend to improve information transfer between the classification society and its clients around the world. ABS Connect looks to streamline communications, placing more in-depth information in the hands of industry. The launch of ABS Connect is the most recent evidence of the organization’s continued efforts to develop service delivery products and practices to meet the expanding needs of the marine and offshore industry.

ABS Wins Classification Award


At the 5th Annual International Maritime Awards, presented at ShipTek, ABS received Marine BizTV’s award of Best Classification Society. The occasion marks the second year the society received the award. “Service delivery is paramount to our classification society,” said ABS Regional Vice President, Middle East Region, Joe Brincat.  “We have maintained our focus on providing additional technical and software services to enhance our class services

ABS Appoints New Divisional Lead Surveyors

In a move designed to further strengthen its field survey staff, ABS has created a new divisional lead surveyor position in each of the classification society’s Divisional headquarters, serving the Americas, Europe and the Pacific region. Frank Drake, a 26- year-veteran of ABS, has been appointed ABS Americas Divisional Lead Surveyor. His vast field experience, combined with his most recent assignment to ABS Consulting’s SafeHull Condition Assessment Program or CAP

MN100: ABS

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16855 Northchase Drive Houston, TX 77060 Telephone: (281) 877-6774 E-mail: Website: CEO/President: Christopher J. Wiernicki The Company: ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global maritime industry, is guided by its mission to promote security of life, property and the natural environment. The organization offers support during initial concept design, design approval, construction and throughout a vessel’s lifecycle

ABS Group Signs on Elba LNG Project

ABSG Consulting Inc., a subsidiary of ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group), has been contracted by Kinder Morgan, Inc. to develop a Maintenance and Integrity Program for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal at Elba Island (Elba LNG Project) near Savannah, Georgia.   ABS Group will develop the maintenance and integrity programs for the base plant, balance of plant and the terminal upgrade. The full scope of ABS Group's services cover program development and

ABS Established MidEast HQ in Qatar

ABS announces the establishment of a new Middle East Region headquarters in Doha, Qatar. By locating the administrative and commercial functions for the entire region of Doha, ABS is further strengthening its ties to the energy sector, particularly the growing production and shipment of LNG from Qatar. “The new location strategically positions us to better service our oil and gas clients while still providing the attention and survey service our shipping clients in the region have come to

ABS Council Supports Maritime Security Initiative

Strong support for a proposed comprehensive series of maritime security initiatives was expressed by the ABS Council at its semi-annual meeting in New York on November 12, following detailed presentations on the subject by ABS executives. The 60-strong Council is drawn from the more than 800 members of the classification society to provide guidance to the Chairman and management of the society. It includes prominent members of the shipowning, insurance and regulatory sectors.

ABS Issues Guide For Ship Security

ABS will issue a new, comprehensive "Guide For Ship Security" in early January to assist shipowners in meeting the new IMO security standards. These standards are incorporated in the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), adopted by the Contracting Governments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974 at the just completed IMO Diplomatic Conference. "We have been preparing for these new responsibilities for some time," said

ABS Expands Cybersecurity Guidance

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ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, unveiled the first comprehensive cybersecurity certification and optional notations for marine and offshore assets and facilities at the SMM (Shipbuilding, Machinery, Marine) bi-annual international maritime trade fair. Introduced in early 2016, the ABS CyberSafety series is the industry’s first risk-based management program for asset owners to apply best practice approaches to

ABS Gains AWO RCP Auditor Status

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AWO qualifies ABS to perform towing safety management audits   ABS has been approved by the American Waterways Operators (AWO) to carry out audits of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP), a safety management system for tugboat, towboat and barge companies

Towboat Delivered to Gateway Dredging

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Gateway Dredging has taken delivery of a 55’ 1,200 HP twin screw conventional towboat. The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) provided the design and engineering services to JB Marine Service, Inc. where the towboat was constructed in St. Louis, Mo.  

ABS Seminars Advance Cybersecurity Knowledge

ABS Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman presents ABS CyberSafety™ guidance for contending with cyber threats and risks. Photo ABS

ABS brought together nearly 100 industry leaders, government officials, technical experts, and academic leaders in Singapore to discuss cyber-related threats and risks in the marine environment and explain the value of the ABS CyberSafety program

ABS Recognized in Singapore for R&D Collaboration

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ABS, a classification and technical services provider to the offshore and marine industries, has been recognized by the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) as this year’s recipient of the Honorary SMI Collaboration Award.   Guest of honor Lucien Wong

ABS Hosts Ship Operators Cooperative Program

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Forum promotes improved safety, security, productivity, efficiency and environmental performance through collaboration and innovation. ABS hosted the fall meeting of the Ship Operators Cooperative Program (SOCP) in Houston October 5 and 6, welcoming representatives from industry

ABS to Direct Maritime Cybersecurity Research

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ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, said it has been awarded a research contract by the Maritime Security Center (MSC) – a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence

Coast Guard Foundation Honors Bouchard

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On Thursday, October 6th, 2016, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. President & CEO Morton S. Bouchard III was honored at the Coast Guard Foundation 36th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard National Awards Dinner, in New York City.

ABS' New Subchapter M Guide

[Press Release] ABS announced the publication of the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Subchapter M Towing Vessels. The Guide is designed to aid domestic owners comply with new U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements governing towing vessels that operate in U.S. inland waterways.

Conrad Wins Army Corps Crane Barge Contract

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Conrad Shipyard won a contract to build a Crane Barge for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The 300 x 68-ft welded steel barge is to be used in floating crane service by the Corps’ Rock Island District in support of its maintenance mission on the inland navigation system

ABS Updates BWT Guidance

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ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has updated the ABS Guide for Ballast Water Treatment to support industry in the design and installation of ballast water management solutions that meet both regulatory and operational requirements.

MN100: Mascoat

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The Company: Mascoat was founded in 1995 to provide a thermal barrier solution that has revolutionized how many vessel and ship manufacturers prevent condensation, radiant heat gain, and unwanted vibration. The company strived to independently validate the coatings’ abilities so that

Harvey Gulf ATB Earns ABS, USCG Approvals

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Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) announced it has received both ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) class functional approval and USCG (United States Coast Guard) design bases approval on a 4,000 cubic meter LNG articulating tug barge (ATB) construction drawing package; the design accounts

MN100: Schoellhorn-Albrecht Machine Co., Inc.

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The Company: Schoellhorn-Albrecht is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of Mooring Equipment and Systems including Capstans, Anchor Windlasses, Deck Fittings and Vessel Access Systems. In addition to standard products, the firm specializes in designing and manufacturing castings

MN100: The Shearer Group, Inc.

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The Company: The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) designs inland towboats and barges, with a focus on the inland sector. Inland barges built to TSGI designs number in the thousands, along with a myriad of towboat, dry dock and other specialty designs

ABS Awards AIP for Innovative LNG Carrier Design

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GE and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Receive ABS Approval in Principle for 178,000m3 LNG Carrier Design to be Powered by GE COGES System   GE’s Marine Solutions and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (HZ) have received Approval in Principle (AIP) from the America Bureau of

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