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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


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-classed Ship Carries Historic LNG Export from US

Asia Vision (File photo: Chevron)

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


ABS CEO Calls for New Talent Approach

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

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


Port of Fujairah Receives First of Three New Tugs

Photo: Sanmar

In March 2015, Sanmar signed a contract with the Port of Fujairah for the construction of three 70 metric ton bollard pull RAmparts 2400SX tugs. The ceremony took place in Fujairah in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Saleh  Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Chairman


New ABS Guide for Reducing PSC Detentions

ABS Guide for Reducing Port State Control Detentions - courtesy ABS

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

Andre Han, Vice President, Business Development in the ABS Pacific, Korea and Northern Region (left), presents Yun-Sik Lee, Executive Vice President, Shipbuilding Division at HHI, with a certificate acknowledging Approval i

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

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

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


Incat Crowther Delivers Nordic Maritime's Workboat

30m Catamaran Workboat Photo Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther informed that the 30m Catamaran Workboat Nordic Barakuda built at Marine Diesel Services was successfully delivered. The Nordic Barakuda has been built on the expertise and experience Incat Crowther has demonstrated in previous vessels such as Unlimited, Limitless


ABS' New Condition Monitoring Guidance

Monitoring Courtesy ABS

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

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

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


ABS’ Wiernicki Addresses SUNY Maritime Grads

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki addresses SUNY Maritime College graduates, awarded honorary Doctor of Science   Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College graduates, their families






 
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