ABS President Wiernicki Signs New MARAD Agreement

By George Backwell
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Christopher J. Wiernicki: Photo ABS

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) informs that it has entered into a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) establishing the policies and procedures regarding the survey and classification of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). The agreement expands the working relationship that has existed between ABS and MARAD since the agency's inception in 1950, updating the last MOA signed in 1999.

The new agreement, signed by Maritime Administrator Paul N. Jaenichen and ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki, lays out several significant changes that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the ABS-MARAD relationship.

This includes harmonization with US Coast Guard requirements and policies for the NDRF and defined preventative maintenance requirements based on vessel readiness levels. The agreement also establishes the MARAD ABS Quality Action Team to focus on improving timelines, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of survey and classification services.

"For more than a century ABS has worked alongside the US government in maintaining a robust fleet capable of helping to meet national security needs in a manner that protects the safety of life, property and natural environment," says Wiernicki. "This new agreement will allow for ABS to continue supporting the Maritime Administration and National Defense Reserve Fleet by establishing a framework that leverages the latest practices, technologies and regulatory solutions to maintain a dynamic sealift capability."

Since the late 19th century, ABS has worked alongside the US government on matters of classification, safety and technology development related to government-owned and operated vessels. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 established ABS as the official classification society for US government vessels. This relationship led to ABS playing an integral role in the strategic sealift efforts of World War II and other conflicts involving the US military.
 
ABS explains that as a trusted organization to the US government, it has recently assisted the Maritime Administration in a number of key missions. ABS mobilized surveyors and engineers to assist in ship activations for Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, ABS supported activation of the Cape Ray, which involved modifications to support United Nations Security Council Resolution 2118 to dismantle Syria's cache of chemical weapons.
 
Today, ABS leverages its global experience and cutting edge technology development to provide classification and related services to the US Navy, Military Sealift Command, US Coast Guard, US Army, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, US Army Corps of Engineers, National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security. In addition to its work with the Federal government, ABS supports the classification needs of many state and local governments across the country.
 
"At ABS we are proud to bring our depth of knowledge to bear to help the US government maintain a safe and efficient fleet," says Wiernicki. "We look forward to continuing our longstanding and historic relationship with the Maritime Administration."
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Singapore Exchange in Talks to buy Baltic Exchange

Baltic Exchange privately owned by 380 shareholders. The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is in exclusive talks to buy London's Baltic Exchange, which has been at the

Euroseas Faces Headwinds, Reports Loss

Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA), an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes,

Iranian Port Deal: Modi's Masterstroke

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a deal to develop the Chabahar port in Iran for which India will extend $500 million. The historic pact makes Chabahar

Contracts

Technip Bags Statoil's Umbilical Supply Contract

Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary Technip Umbilicals Ltd.(1) has been awarded a contract by Statoil ASA to supply the umbilical(2) to the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field offshore Norway.

Olympic Pact with Canyon Offshore

Norwegian offshore shipping company Olympic Shipping has entered into a frame agreement with Canyon Offshore for the joint marketing and subsequent operation of

HII Secures Aircraft Carrier Planning Contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $152 million contract for advance planning for the construction of the third aircraft carrier in the Gerald R.

Navy

Mount Whitney Makes History

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship, made history today as the first amphibious command ship to have an MV-22B Osprey land on its flight deck, May 23, 2016.

This Day In Naval History - May 24

1917 - The first U.S. convoy left Hampton Roads, Va. to cross the North Atlantic after entering World War I. During the 18 months of war while American vessels escort convoys through the war zone,

HII Secures Aircraft Carrier Planning Contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $152 million contract for advance planning for the construction of the third aircraft carrier in the Gerald R.

Maritime Safety

Mount Whitney Makes History

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship, made history today as the first amphibious command ship to have an MV-22B Osprey land on its flight deck, May 23, 2016.

Grounded Bulker Repaired, Heads for Japan

The Captain of the Port for Oregon and southern Washington canceled the captain of the port order on the motor vessel Sparna allowing the vessel to leave its mooring at Kalama, Wash.

Winners of Ferry Design Contest Selected

Winners of International Student Design Competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry to be revealed at the Ferry Safety and Technology Conference   Dr. Roberta Weisbrod,

People in the News

Nordic Shipholding Profits below Market Expectations

For the 3 months ended 31 March 2016, Nordic Shipholding A/S generated a profit after tax of USD 1.5 million, compared to USD 2.7 million in the same quarter last year.

Mount Whitney Makes History

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship, made history today as the first amphibious command ship to have an MV-22B Osprey land on its flight deck, May 23, 2016.

Damen Unveils Multi-role Utility Vessel 2410

Work is due to start shortly on the first of a new class of Damen utility vessel UV2410. This multi-role platform is the result of extensive consultation with

Classification Societies

Maritime Future Summit: Digital Shipping

Autonomous ships, smart on-board systems: At the Maritime Future Summit on September 5, industry leaders will discuss the future of shipping. For the first time

ABS: Sharpening its Global View

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.

KR to Deliver Engineering, Ship Surveys in Iran

Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society - has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a joint venture company with the Iranian Classification Society (ICS).

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1221 sec (8 req/sec)