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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


Webb Institute: $100,000 in Scholarships from ABS

Chairman of the Board of Trustees R. Keith Michel, ABS CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki, Webb Institute President RADM (Ret) Robert C. Olsen and Webb Trustee Jon Jay LaBerge.

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, announced the receipt of $100,000 in annual scholarships from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The ABS Scholarship Program provides financial support to deserving engineering and naval architecture students based on GPA, class rank, leadership ability and recommendations. “Webb Institute is honored to receive ABS’ continued support of our students as they pursue their educational


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


Grove Named ABS Group President, CEO

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ABS Group of Companies, Inc. announced the appointment of Todd Grove as its new President and CEO.    Grove most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for ABS Group's parent company, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)


ABS Executive Chairs Forum at Sea Asia

KENNETH RICHARDSON, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF ENERGY PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

  ABS Executive Vice President of Corporate Energy Development Ken Richardson says managing Big Data is critical to the future of offshore. (Singapore) ABS, the leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries


ABS Appoints New Chief Technology Officer

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ABS named Howard Fireman as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) effective April 20 in a move that strengthens alignment and generates further synergies across all of ABS' technical programs, ABS announced.   Fireman, who will report to ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J


Eastern Launches MPSV for Hornbeck Offshore

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. launched the HOS Warland (Hull 241) on Friday March 6, 2015 for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. The HOS Warland is Eastern’s first of two 302’x76’x26’ multipurpose service vessels (MPSV) launched with the Hornbeck designation HOSMPSV 310ES


Powering Ahead with a Clean Design

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The Shearer Group and Conrad Shipyard collaborate on an ABS approved LNG Towboat Design. What happens next could change inland shipping forever. The December announcement that Conrad Shipyard, L.L.C. and The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) had worked together to develop the design of a Liquefied


VT Halter Launches ATB Tug for Bouchard

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VT Halter Marine launched ATB tug Kim M. Bouchard for Bouchard Transportation at Moss Point Marine facility on February 26, 2015. Measuring 150 feet long, the 10,000hp twin screw ATB tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter M


ABS Holds Meeting to Improve Offshore Equipment Safety

Inaugural meeting brings class and industry together to improve technical standards for offshore equipment safety   ABS recently convened the inaugural meeting of the ABS Offshore Equipment Advisory Committee, bring together a group of technical advisors on March 4, 2015


Harvey Energy Begins Work for Shell

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  Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) informed that Harvey Energy, the first LNG vessel operating in the United States—for Shell Upstream America’s deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico—is fully in service. The first of six LNG OSVs being built for Harvey Gulf


First RAscal 1800 ASD Tug for Sanmar

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The Yenicay 1 is the first of the new RAscal 1800 series of ASD tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and delivered by Sanmar to its own fleet in Turkey in January, 2015.   The RAscal 1800 is a big sister to the RAscal 1500 delivered by Sanmar in 2014 to Norwegian clients and shares a common


Sludge Management System for Marine Sanitation Device

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A new method for dealing with accumulated sewage sludge on vessels and offshore platforms.   Scienco/FAST has introduced a new way to deal with sludge with its standard MarineFAST Marine Sanitation Device, meeting MEPC.159(55) or providing secondary treatment incorporates about one month of


CMA to Host Cyber Security Panel

U.S. Coast Guard, shipping industry professionals, to speak on cyber security issues at CMA Conference   Jeffrey G. Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards for the United States Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety


ABS Updates Guidance on LNG Bunkering

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  ABS has updated its guidance on LNG Bunkering in North America to support the transport sector's increasingly rapid transition to the use of cleaner fuels. The second edition of ABS' Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-fueled Marine Vessels in North America was released today


Shipbuilding: Mitsui Delivers Bulk Carrier

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Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 56,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. Desert Osprey (MES Hull No. 1862) at its Chiba Works on March 31 2015 to Lazio Shipping and Investment Limited, Republic of Marshall Islands.


ABS CEO Lays Out Vision for Technical Leadership at CMA Shipping

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  During the recent CMA Shipping 2015 conference in Stamford, Connecticut, ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki provided the conference's keynote address to set the agenda for discussion over the following two days. CMA Shipping is an annual meeting of nearly 1


ABS Forms Hong Kong Technical Committee

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  ABS continues to work closely with industry through its extensive international network of technical committees that advise ABS on Rule development. ABS has expanded this network with the formation of the organization's 19th technical advisory committee






 
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