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World's Largest Ethane Carrier Loads Its First Cargo

(Source: Maritime Reporter & Engineering News)

The ABS-classed Ethane Crystal, the world’s first Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC) -- and a Maritime Reporter & Engineering News "Great Ship of 2016" as profiled in the December 2016 edition -- has loaded its first shipment of ethane cargo at Enterprise Products Partner’s Morgan’s Point Terminal. Delivered in November 2016, the Ethane Crystal is the first of six VLECs that will be delivered with ABS Class through 2017. The second vessel, the Ethane Emerald, was delivered in early December 2016. This state-of-the-art liquefied gas carrier is able to carry cargoes such as ethane and liquefied petroleum gases (LPG). With an 87,000 cbm cargo carrying capacity, the vessel was the first of its kind to be constructed with a specially designed GTT Mark III membrane cargo containment system. The Ethane Crystal operates on a trade route between North America and India, carrying ethane that will be used as feedstock for petrochemical production. With its global reach and strong presence in the US, ABS is well-positioned to provide support and guidance throughout the vessel’s life. “Using vessels like this VLEC can help make expansion into new and emerging markets scalable and economical for the entire supply chain,” says ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine Kirsi Tikka


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)


ABS Wins Classification Award

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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 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 Delivers Advanced Cyber Solutions

The ABS CyberSafety program delivers the only actionable industry guidance directly related to asset and facility security (Photo copyright © Maksim Kabakou Shutterstock

ABS is presenting cyber seminars in multiple locations across Europe to deliver critical safety guidance. The ABS CyberSafety program team is presenting industry-leading guidance to address cyber-related threats and risks in the marine and offshore environments and explaining how the comprehensive ABS program can be used to combat cyber threats. “ABS is providing real-time, practical solutions to the cyber challenges owners and operators are facing today


New ABS Guide for LNG Bunkering

New Guide provides standards for growing LNG bunkering vessel sector.   ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has published the ABS Guide for LNG Bunkering. This new Guide provides standards for the design, construction and survey of LNG bunkering systems that are on board a vessel.   “This industry-leading Guide incorporates our expertise in the safety aspects of LNG storage and handling as well as LNG as fuel


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 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


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


MN100: ABS

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16855 Northchase Drive Houston, TX 77060 Telephone: (281) 877-6774 E-mail: ABS-WorldHQ@eagle.org Website: www.eagle.org 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 Issues First Cyber Safety Notation

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ABS said it has issued its first notation for the ABS Guide for Cybersecurity Implementation for the marine and offshore Industries.    “The focus on cyber safety is increasing, and that is changing the expectations industry has for classification services


ABS Group Awarded USCG Blanket Purchase Agreement

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a follow-on $9 million Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to ABSG Consulting Inc., an ABS Group company (ABS Group).   ABS Group will provide a range of Human Systems Integration (HSI) support to the USCG's Human Systems Integration Office (CG-1B3)


ABS Earns EU MRV Accreditation

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Greece’s National Accreditation Body recognizes ABS as EU MRV frontrunner.   ABS said it was awarded accreditation by Greece’s National Accreditation Body, the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), to perform assessments for European Union (EU) Monitoring


ABS Takes the Lead as First Class Society to Earn EU MRV Accreditation

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 ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, was awarded accreditation by Greece’s National Accreditation Body, the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), to perform assessments for European Union (EU) Monitoring


AET for Improved Crack, Corrosion Detection

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ABS has published the ABS Guidance Notes on Structural Monitoring Using Acoustic Emissions. This industry-leading guidance presents best practices for planning and executing Acoustic Emission Testing (AET). “A primary goal at ABS is to improve safety without interrupting operations


ABS Presents Guidance for Subsea Pipeline Routes

ABS, provider of classification and technical services to the offshore industry, has published the ABS Guidance Notes on Subsea Pipeline Route Determination. This document, the first of its kind for the offshore industry, presents a method for route determination that combines risk assessment


Great Ships of 2016: Ethane Crystal

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Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Ethane Crystal - World’s Largest Ethane Carrier


Vessel Automation: Command & Control

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The marine industry is becoming increasingly competitive, with many looking to lower transportation costs while demanding the highest environmental and safety standards. Automating vessel operations and systems can significantly improve a vessel owner’s competitive edge in the market


Crowley Arm Earns Information Security Certification

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Crowley Maritime Corp. said its government services group has achieved worldwide ISO/IEC 27001:2013 information security certification for enhancements made to the security of accessing, transmitting, processing and storing covered defense information related to its management of Military Sealift


OceanTUFF CPVC Marine Drainage System

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Spears Manufacturing Company awarded U.S. Coast Guard approval   Known for its thermoplastic piping system innovations, Spears Manufacturing Company offers OceanTUFF, a CPVC Marine Drainage System. Recently awarded U.S. Coast Guard approval, OceanTUFF provides a durable


EverTUFF CPVC Schedule 40 & 80 Pipe and Fittings

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Spears Manufacturing Company awarded U.S. Coast Guard approval   Spears EverTUFF CPVC Schedule 40 & 80 Pipe and Fittings are now U.S. Coast Guard approved for use in marine applications. The USCG approval allows Spears quality CPVC schedule 40 & 80 products for use in pressure


Eastern Delivers Tractor Tug to McAllister

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the Twin Z-drive Reverse Tractor Tug JEFFREY McALLISTER to McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., Inc. on January 13, 2017. McAllister is honoring Captain Jeffrey McAllister as the vessels namesake. Capt


ABS Accommodation Standards Improve Crew Safety

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ABS has published the ABS Guide for Habitability of Industrial Personnel on Accommodation Vessels. This industry-leading Guide establishes criteria for improving the living environment and ambient environment on board accommodation vessels.


Global Eagle delivers foreign Language TV programmes for ship crew

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Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ:ENT) has expanded its portfolio of live programming delivered by satellite to cruise ships with the addition of new channels for crew members from India and the Philippines.   Global Eagle is now delivering TV programs from Viacom 18 Colors and the


Foss’ New Arctic Class Tug Is Nearly Complete

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Foss Maritime said its third of three new Arctic Class tugs being built at the Rainier, Ore. shipyard is nearing completion and expected to enter service later this year.     The tug Nicole Foss is ice class D0, meaning the hulls are designed specifically for polar waters and are






 
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