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Topaz Selects ABS Fleet Management Software

Offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine has selected ABS as its fleet management software provider.   Topaz will install the ABS Nautical Systems Fleet Management Software suite on 58 of its core vessels to more efficiently plan for maintenance work, minimize downtime and reduce costs associated with drydocking.   René Kofod-Olsen, Chief Executive Officer of Topaz Energy and Marine, said, "We took a substantial amount of time to select the correct fleet management system. It was imperative to select a company that not only has a proven solution in the maritime industry but offers user-friendly products and a fully integrated solution that aligns with our company objectives. The trust we have built with ABS over the years also played a major part in the decision-making process."   "The ABS Nautical Systems team will work with Topaz to help execute the initial installation and training, which is an essential process for effective use of the software," said Stephen Schwarz, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ABS Nautical Systems. "We anticipate a strong working relationship and will strive to help them gain the most value through the use of the software."  


Seabulk Selects ABS-NS SafeNet

Seabulk Offshore Ltd., has selected ABS Nautical Systems SafeNet fleet management system for 14 supply, crew and utility boats operating in the US Gulf of Mexico. "The strength of the SafeNet system is the complete integration that exists between the various management modules," said ABS Nautical Systems' senior business development manager Joe Woods. Seabulk Offshore has contracted for the Maintenance & Repair, Purchasing & Inventory and Financial Reporting modules


Cummins Awards ABS ERO Status for Diesel Engine Certification Worldwide

Cummins Inc. has selected ABS as a Recognized Organization for engines (ERO). In that role ABS will be able to issue Engine International Air Pollution Prevention Certificates (EIAPP) to Cummins machinery for compliance with IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI NOx Technical Code governing NOx emissions of ship based diesel engines with power output over 130 kW. ABS has been actively assisting owners to obtain the EIAPP certificates required by the air emissions pollution prevention control


Fugro Gulf Selects ABS NS SafeNet Fleet Management Software

Fugro Gulf Inc., a leader in the provision of offshore geotechnical services, has contracted with ABS Nautical Systems for seven modules from their suite of advanced SafeNet fleet management system software. Fugro Gulf's contracted ship management company, New Offshore Inc., Morgan City, LA, will use the modules and manage vessel operational activities on behalf of Fugro Gulf Inc. Fugro Gulf Inc. has contracted for the Maintenance & Repair, Purchasing & Inventory Control


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, Golar Strike FLNG Deal

ABS Group to Develop Intelligent Maintenance Strategy for Golar FLNG Fleet   ABS Group subsidiary Genesis Technology Solutions, Inc. (GenesisSolutions) won a contract by Golar LNG to develop an intelligent maintenance strategy for the company’s new fleet of floating LNG (FLNG) vessels usingthe GoFLNG floating liquefaction technology.   ABS Group will assist Golar LNG with implementing the Maximo computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to support its asset


Tidewater Selects ABS Nautical Systems

ABS Nautical Systems was selected by Tidewater Inc. to trial its fleet management software. With this partnership, ABS Nautical Systems intends to become Tidewater’s global fleet management software provider.  Tidewater would be replacing an internal system with ABS Nautical Systems’ fully integrated software suite to help manage its principal operational functions including maintenance, vessel-initiated requisitions and relevant regulatory requirements.


Euronav Commends ABS NS for Hull Inspection Module

ABS Nautical Systems announced its successful partnership with Euronav Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd., one of the world’s leading tanker companies. Euronav selected ABS Nautical Systems as its asset management provider in 2009 and was the first adopter of the Hull Inspection module. The Hull Inspection module is a browser-based tool that helps track the structural condition of a vessel throughout its service life


ABS Updates DPS Reguirements

ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global offshore industry,releases the 'ABS Guide for Dynamic Positioning Systems'. The publication is seen as a significant update to present classification requirements to reflect industry advancements in the use of dynamic positioning (DP) systems. “The use of DP systems has been expanded not only in terms of the number of vessels outfitted with the systems, but also in the increasing advancement of DP technologies


ABS to Class First Self-elevating Unit Built in Qatar

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, was selected by Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) to class its LB310S liftboat, the first ever self-elevating unit built by the shipyard and the first built in Qatar. The project also will be the first offshore newbuild project undertaken by the ASME and API accredited shipyard. Customized for the Middle East and North Africa region


ABS Names New Chief Engineer

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Montaruli steps up at ABS as technical engineering authority.   ABS, a provider of classification to the global marine and offshore industries, announced the appointment of Bret Montaruli as Vice President and Chief Engineer. In his new role


Realignment at ABS Americas

ABS Americas President and COO James Watson (imaage: ABS)

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, announces the realignment of its Americas Division operations to create two new regions – Canada and Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  


ABS, COSCO Partner on Arctic Shipping Development

Parties bring together technical capabilities on trans-Arctic shipping Facing changing climate conditions in the Arctic which have effectively generated new opportunities shipping in the region, classification society ABS and commercial shipper China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) have


ABS Publishes CyberSafety Guidance

ABS has published Guidance Notes on the Application of Cybersecurity Principles to Marine and Offshore Operations.   This cybersecurity guidance note is the first volume in the ABS CyberSafety series, and provides best practices for cybersecurity as a foundational element of overall safety


Escort Tug Launched for Bay-Houston Towing

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M (Hull 236) for Bay-Houston Towing Company on November 17, 2015. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s


Seajacks Scylla Delivered

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Seajacks Scylla, touted as the world's largest and most advanced wind farm installation and offshore construction vessel, has been delivered by the Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard in Geoje, Republic of Korea.   Based on the Gusto MSC NG14000X design, the ABS-classed Seajacks Scylla


VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard

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VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) and Bouchard Transportation Co. announced that Barge B. No. 272 was launched on November 20, 2015. This is the second barge of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed for Bouchard


Shipbuilding: Inland Towing Thunderstruck

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Eastern Shipbuilding offers the 4,200 hp Thunderbolt inland towboat designed around twin azimuthing Verhaar Omega electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology. The ESG approach was collaborative, with input from operators, naval architects (Gilbert Associates, Inc


New ATB Tug Built for Kirby

M/V Nancy Peterkin (Photo: Nichols Boats)

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Nichols Boats), located in Freeland, Wash., recently completed the M/V Nancy Peterkin, a 136’ x 44’ x 23’, 10,000 HP ATB Tug for Kirby Offshore Marine (Kirby), located in Houston, Texas.   


Panama Canal Expansion 96% Complete

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The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that the first-ever expansion is 96 percent complete.   A video of recent progress can be seen here.   In line with this, ACP CEO/Administrator Jorge L. Quijano provided a next-step update at an industry event Friday in Panama City. 


Conflicting Objectives in Ship Design

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Enviro, Safety Regulations Conspire to Complicate  the Marine Classification Business “ABS is first and foremost a safety company,” says Richard Korpus, “but safety can arise on many different fronts. It can refer to the safety of a high-valued asset


ABS: New Guidance for Certifying Lifting Appliances

Updated Guide includes latest industry standards.   [PRESS RELEASE] (Houston) ABS has published a new edition of the ABS Guide for Certification of Lifting Appliances that includes construction and operation of modern lifting appliances.  


ESG Delivers Escort Tug Triton

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In early December 2015 Eastern Shipbuilding Group delivered the Escort Tug TRITON for Suderman & Young Towing Company. These series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs are currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility


ABS, MARIC Sign Agreement

(PRESS RELEASE) ABS signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC) to expand collaboration, focusing on operational efficiency and environmental performance in both the offshore and marine sectors


Jack-up Earns ABS and DNV GL Design Approval

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Launched in March 2015, the CJ54 cantilever drilling jack-up has recently received full Basic Design Approval from two major international offshore drilling classification societies; ABS and DNV GL.   Designed in accordance with the required safety standards of both ABS and DNV GL






 
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