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Jastram Cylinders Receive ABS Type Approval

Jastram Engineering has been granted ABS Type Approval status for its Model S hydraulic steering cylinders. Installed mainly on workboats, supply vessels and tankers - to name a few, the cylinders are designed with the commercial marine hydraulic steering service in mind under the ABS Approval. Jastram also offers custom design and engineering support to customers upgrading their existing steering systems so that they are in compliance with current marine safety standards and classification societies.


Pyrotek Distributes Centek Exhaust Systems

Centek Industries, manufacturer of fiberglass marine wet exhaust mufflers and systems, has appointed the Soundguard Division of Pyrotek to distribute the company’s products in the Pacific Rim. Headquartered in Girraween, New South Wales, Australia, with offices in New Zealand, Dubai, Taiwan and China, the Pyrotek Soundguard division has been providing noise control solutions to boat builders and boatyards since 1972.


GlobalSantaFe New-build Rigs Provide Model for Requirements

Technical advances in the offshore industry and regulatory developments have spurred an update of the ABS Guide for Certification of Drilling Systems. First published in 1985 and last updated in 1990, the Guide references current standards and the recommendations of American Petroleum Institute (API). Importantly, the new Guide provides industry with an option for a “Safety Case” or risk-based analysis approach to certification


30 TORO Crew Transfer Capsules Around the Globe

Photo courtesy Fifth Ring Integrated Corporate Communications

Reflex Marine has sold 30 TORO crew transfer capsules across offshore Asia-Pacific, Europe, North and West Africa, Australia and America.   Most of the units are being utilized by major international oil and gas operators, however, the company has also entered the renewables sector, selling four capsules for use on wind turbine installation barges.   While Reflex Marine’s range of crew transfer capsules are an accepted and established method of crew transfer in the oil and


US Fuel Management System Gets Canadian Patent Protection

Nautical Control Solutions' (NCS) FuelTrax marine fuel management system now patent protected by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Marine Fuel Management system has been granted Canada patent number 2,588,654 for “'Apparatus and Method for Fuel Measurement and Accountability”'. The onboard, ABS Type Approved FuelTrax system along with the shore-side FuelNet™ web-based reporting tool helps improve the performance of vessels through tighter management controls


ABS Extends Design Approval for KC-1 LNG CCS

ABS has granted extended general design approval for the KC-1 LNG cargo containment system (CCS). The new membrane type will be installed on newbuild LNG carriers currently on order for Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), the world's largest LNG importer.    The new LNG CCS design is a corrugated membrane type based on KOGAS' membrane containment system technology used for land-based LNG storage tanks. KOGAS developed the design concept for the KC-1 CCS in cooperation with the DSME


New Checklists Improve Speed and Accuracy of ABS Survey

An enhancement to the survey services ABS offers to clients has been effected with the introduction of electronically prepared, vessel type-specific, dynamic checklists for surveys of ABS-classed vessels. The new checklists are generated for the attending surveyor at the time the survey is ordered. As they are composed in real-time, they include the most up-to-date information contained in the survey record with respect to the vessel


Liftboat Trio Completed in Vietnam

Delivery of a series of three ABS-classed liftboats concluded in August with completion of the Lewek Lifter. Sister ships, the Lewek Leader and Rising Phoenix, were delivered in January and March 2010, respectively, from the Saigon Shipyard Ltd. in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. According to ABS Country Manager for Vietnam Paul Hayward, the launching of this type of self-elevating, self-propelled multipurpose vessel is the first for a Vietnam yard


ABS Offers Guidance For New Generation OSVs

The ABS classed “Posh Champion” is an example of the growing sophistication in this vessel type featuring high horsepower and strong bollard pull rating, dynamic position system (DPS-2) with a rail mounted crane which can move fore and aft to service the workdeck. The class notation for this unit is A1, Towing Vessel, Fire Fighting Vessel Class 1, Offshore Support Vessel AH, , AMS, ACCU, DPS-2, ES2020 . (Photo courtesy of POSH Semco Pte Ltd.)

Increased sophistication within the offshore support vessel (OSV) market has prompted classification society ABS to develop standalone guidance for these more specialized yet multi-functional vessels. Newly developed criteria and relevant existing Rule requirements have been consolidated into the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Offshore Support Vessels.    ABS classes approximately one-third of the worldwide OSV fleet and in the past had reviewed these specialized vessels by


ABS to Class 45,000 cbm LNG Carrier

ABS, a provider of classification services to the maritime and offshore industries, has been chosen to class a new design of medium-sized LNG carrier to be built in China for Landmark Capital. The 45,000 cbm vessel, featuring self-supporting IMO Type-A tanks mounted within an insulated hold space, will be built in China, with an option for another vessel. Last year, ABS completed an Approval in Principle for the 'LNT A-BOX' gas containment system and will review the vessel design


DNV GL Launches New Stability Analysis Tool

Are Føllesdal Tjønn Photo DNV GL

With the latest release of Sesam HydroD software for floating structures, DNV GL is now offering a completely new and pioneering stability analysis solution that allows for hydrodynamic and stability analysis on one common model, giving naval and offshore engineers unprecedented control over their


Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award Recipients Named

Clockwise (from top left) Arthur E. Imperatore, Christopher Wiernicki, and Donald Marcus, Photo USS

The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2016 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Arthur E. Imperatore, Founder and President of New York Waterways; Donald Marcus, President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots; and Christopher Wiernicki


ABS Group Awarded BKR02 Wind Farm Certification Work

 England headquartered ABS Group Ltd., a subsidiary of ABS Group of Companies, Inc., said it has received a contract to provide project certification services to DONG Energy Wind Power A/S for the planned Borkum Riffgrund 2 (BKR02), one of the largest offshore wind farms in German waters.


ABS Advisory Solutions Integrate ERM

John Duncan, Vice President; Government, ABS Group of Companies. Photo ABS

 ABS Group anticipated the update to Circular A-123 from the United States (US) Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requiring US executive departments and agencies to adopt enterprise risk management (ERM), and has expanded its suite of ERM advisory solutions aimed at risk-informed decision


Wärtsilä Joins LNG-powered Bulker Project

The supreme efficiency of the Wärtsilä 31 engine makes it a competitive and viable alternative option for equipping future dry bulk carrier vessels with LNG propulsion. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä is to team up with an international group of shipping industry companies and organisations in a project to develop a concept for equipping future dry bulk carrier vessels with LNG propulsion. Project Forward is led by Athens-based Arista Shipping


ABS Spearheads Offshore Standardization JIP

 ABS Spearheads Offshore Standardization JIP   Classification society ABS convened industry partners at the Offshore Technology Conference on Wednesday, May 4, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a unified joint industry project (JIP) for standardization


OceanSaver Completes USCG Testing

OceanSaver informs it has finalized all testing required for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval application of ballast water management systems.   OceanSaver concluded testing along the Pacific coast of North America in close cooperation with ship owner CSL


ABS: Sharpening its Global View

(Photo: ABS)

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), already one of the world’s well-regarded classification societies, recently restructured its ranks to meet the perpetually evolving needs of its customers. Kirsi Tikka, the global head of marine, and Howard Fireman, CTO, explain.  


ABS launches NS Vessel Performance

Photo: ABS

 ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, today unveiled ABS Nautical Systems Vessel Performance – a comprehensive software solution developed in response to continued demand for tools that improve vessel efficiency


LNG-Fueled Vessels Go Big with 'Project Forward'

Project Forward (Photo: Deltamarin)

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has teamed up with partners Arista Shipping, Deltamarin, GTT and Wärtsilä in the “Project Forward” joint development project (JDP) to develop a dry bulk carrier concept that employs LNG


Foss Christens Second Arctic Class Ocean Tug

The Denise Foss, ready for the Arctic far North (Photo: Foss)

The second of three new state-of-the-art Arctic Class tugs, the Denise Foss, was christened June 1, 2016 at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, Wash. Built at the Foss Rainier, Ore. Shipyard, the Denise is designed to operate in the extreme conditions of the far north


ABS Partners with Leading Greek Shipowners to Address EU MRV Regulations

Image: ABS

 ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has completed a project with a group of leading Greek shipowners to support preparations for implementing the European Union’s Monitoring


ABS, Capital Ship Management Improve Propulsion Shaft Monitoring

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

ABS and Capital Ship Management Corp. (“Capital”), a distinguished ship management company, have collaborated to install an advanced condition monitoring system on the propulsion shafting of the Capital managed vessel M/T Agisilaos, a 36,700 dwt


Safety Boost with ABS Guidance for Developing Processes, Procedures

New guidance answers industry demand for help in creating, implementing, and maintaining safe and effective technical instructions. Photo ABS

ABS has published the ABS Guidance Notes on the Development of Procedures and Technical Manuals, providing clients with best practice methodologies for developing instructional materials. “Input from ABS clients and maritime industry groups along with data gathered through the ABS Mariner


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.  






 
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