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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 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 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 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 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 Relocates from London to Hamburg

Classification society ABS to relocate its Northern European regional marine operations office from London to Hamburg, Germany. “This relocation is part of ABS’ ongoing effort to place our frontline decision makers closer to our clients and be more responsive to their needs,” says ABS President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “Expanding and strengthening the key resources in the region will enhance our service delivery capability and streamline access to the ABS


NSF Expands Independent Lab for USCG

The NSF International Independent Laboratory (IL), the first designated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to test ballast water management systems (BWMS) for U.S. type approval, will now include the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) expertise. ABS will complete design/construction and documentation reviews as part of the type approval, and will work with three other IL partners to maximize the value of USCG type approval testing for BWMS manufacturers


ABS Adds First Japanese-flagged Carrier to its Classed Fleet

Transfer of flag follows ABS' designation as Recognized Organization ABS has added the first Japanese-flagged vessel to its classed fleet after having been awarded the status of a 'Recognized Organization' (RO) by the Japanese government. YAMATOGAWA, a 302,488 deadweight-ton very large crude carrier owned and managed by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. ("K" Line), recently transferred flag, a move which made ABS the first foreign classification society to class a vessel flying the


ABS' New Condition Monitoring Guidance

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Guidance Notes and Guide provide information for choosing monitoring techniques and insights for achieving classification. ABS has published two documents to help industry with condition monitoring. The new ABS Guidance Notes on Condition Monitoring Techniques helps owners choose appropriate


New Condition Monitoring Guidance from ABS

ABS has published two documents to help industry with condition monitoring. The new ABS Guidance Notes on Condition Monitoring Techniques helps owners choose appropriate monitoring techniques, and the ABS Guide for Surveys Based on Machinery Reliability and Maintenance Techniques provides updated


ABS Reflects on Strong 2015 Performance

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153rd meeting of the classification society highlights class-centric strategy and vision for the future of class   ABS held its Annual Meeting on April 26, 2016 in New York, where Chairman, President & CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki reported that “2015 was a year of moving forward


Crowley to Christen 3rd LNG-ready Product Tanker

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Crowley Maritime Corp. announced it will hold a christening ceremony Thursday, May 5 in New Orleans for the newly built Louisiana, the company’s third of four new Jones Act product tankers.   The 600-foot-long, 50,000-dead-weight-ton (dwt), 330


Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers H. DOUGLAS M

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M for Bay-Houston Towing Company on February 5th, 2016.   This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street


Vesconite: Fast Turnaround on Rudder Bearings

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Workboats, ships and megayachts rely on large and extra-large rudder bearings. Having a vessel in dry dock for days or weeks while waiting for an oversized bearing is costly and frustrating, said Vesconite, whose machined Vesconite and Vesconite Superclad replacements—up to 10' in diameter


ABS Updates Hazmat Inventory Guide

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ABS offers guidance on requirements for early compliance with changing regulations.   ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, has published a new edition of the ABS Guide for the Inventory of Hazardous Materials


ABS-classed Ship Carries Historic LNG Export from US

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Milestone marks another ‘first’ in the Class Society’s history of serving the gas market.   Cheniere Energy, Inc. has commissioned a cargo from the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal. Carried aboard the Asia Vision, an ABS-classed LNG Carrier


Eastern Shipbuilding Launches the Zyana K

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched the Escort Tug ZYANA K (Hull 238) for Bay-Houston Towing Co. on February 19, 2016. A series of four Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility


Ocean Equipment debuts NavPods Gen3

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Ocean Equipment, manufacturer of high-quality waterproof housings for marine electronics, announced today the completion of its newly redesigned and retooled NavPods for the 2016 model year. The NavPods represent the culmination of a period of substantial investment by Ocean Equipment and


ABS CEO Calls for New Talent Approach

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ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki says risk-based, data-centric, cyber-influenced decision-making defines a new absolute value of talent   Speaking at the opening session of the CMA Shipping 2016 Conference, ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J


New ABS Guide for Reducing PSC Detentions

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New mobile-friendly, interactive format makes it easy to define and address Port State Control compliance concerns to reduce detentions. (Houston)  ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries


ABS's AIP for HHI FLNG Hull

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ABS has granted approval in principle (AIP) to a Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) hull design. Specifically conceptualized for near-shore operations, the vessel was designed with a length of 1,050 ft (320 m), a breadth of 197 ft (60 m)


SUNY Maritime to Honor ABS’ Wiernicki

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American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) chairman and CEO Chris Wiernicki will receive an honorary doctoral degree from SUNY Maritime College.   Wiernicki, CEO of the classification society since 2007 and its chairman since 2011, will receive the degree and speak at SUNY Maritime’s spring


Eastern Cranking Out Escort Tugs

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivers the escort tug Neptune to Suderman & Young Towing Company and launches the Escort Tug David B to Bay-Houston Towing Co.   Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the escort tug Neptune (Hull# 237) on March 28, 2016






 
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