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Operating models shaped by disruptors
The marine and offshore industries have rapidly evolving operating models and this “new norm” is shaped by disruptive technology changes. 11 Oct 2017
FLNG hull design receives ABS AIP
A floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) hull design has demonstrated its safety and class compliance with ABS approval. 14 Sep 2017
Autonomous shipping alliance launched
The Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance has formed to design and deliver an unmanned cargo ship with the aim of advancing prospects for autonomous shipping. 31 Jul 2017
ABS issues sulphur cap advisory
The ABS Scrubber Advisory has offered comprehensive guidance on the latest available exhaust gas abatement technologies to help the industry prepare for the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap. 18 Jul 2017
Algoship gets ABS approval for gas bulker
ABS has granted Approval in Principle for Algoship Designers Ltd’s dual-fuel design concept, the Seatransporter-DF. 13 Mar 2017
ABS issues hybrid power systems advisory
An Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems has been published by ABS to provide owners and operators with information needed to make decisions about energy generation and storage. 08 Mar 2017
ABS first for EU MRV accreditation
ABS has become the first classification society to be awarded accreditation by Greece’s Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), to perform assessments for EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) compliance. 27 Feb 2017
ABS upgrades lashings guidance and software
Classification and technical services provider, ABS, is looking to improve safety on containerships with its enhanced ABS Guide for Certification of Container Securing Systems (Lashing Guide) and new companion software, ABS C-LASH. 16 Feb 2017
ABS Acoustic Emission Technology
ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has published industry-leading guidance presents best practices for planning and executing Acoustic Emission Testing (AET). 08 Dec 2016
ABS partners Greek owners for MRV solution
Classification services provider, ABS, has completed a project with Greek shipowners to support preparations for implementing the European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation for CO2 emissions. 08 Jun 2016
ABS brings industry leaders together in standardisation project
Classification society, ABS, convened industry partners at the Offshore Technology Conference on May 4 to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a unified joint industry project (JIP) for standardisation. 12 May 2016
ABS declares Crowley-Aker tankers LNG ready
ABS has issued the first LNG-ready approval to a product tanker in accordance with its Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels. 06 Nov 2015
ABS reaches new highs
Deliveries from what ABS Chairman and CEO Robert D. Somerville characterized as a “very robust orderbook” pushed the society to a new record fleet high of 159.5 million gt by the end of 2009. 30 Apr 2010
ABS issues notation for wind turbine installation units
With the emergence of mobile offshore units primarily intended for the installation, maintenance and repair of wind turbines, classification society ABS announced during the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston this week that it has issued a new notation for these specialized units, Wind IMR. 03 May 2010
ABS issues new criteria for FLG terminals
ABS has announced the release of its latest Guide for Floating Offshore Liquefied Gas Terminals, reflecting the latest structural design and analysis developments in gas handling, storage and transportation. 03 May 2010
ABS and CCS conduct joint LNG forum
Increased interest in the building of LNG carriers at Chinese shipyards spurred the recent large LNG carriers forum, held in Shanghai, and conducted jointly by classification societies ABS and CCS (China Classification Society) in conjunction with leading LNG operators. 10 May 2010
ABS establishes Brazil Offshore Technology Center
ABS has announced the establishment of the ABS Brazil Offshore Technology Center in partnership with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ). 26 May 2010
ABS issues ballast water treatment advisory
ABS has published a Ballast Water Treatment Advisory to assist the industry in better understanding the evolving ballast water management (BWM) and treatment regulations. 16 Jun 2010
Distribution deal for US fuel management system
Nautical Control Solutions (NCS) of Houston has announced that Honeywell Marine has become an official distributor of its FuelTrax marine fuel management system. 31 Jul 2010
Crowley to build two more ocean tugs
Crowley Maritime in the USA has ordered two additional high-bollard-pull Ocean class tugs from Bollinger Shipyards. 21 Jul 2010
Epoxy pipe company expands in UAE
Future Pipe Industries has announced that it is to start production in Abu Dhabi of the group’s marine GRE epoxy pipe systems, after receiving international type approvals. 17 Jun 2010
Cummins auxiliary engine certified to Tier II
Cummins has received a statement of compliance from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) certifying the QSK60 HPI auxiliary engine to IMO Tier II emissions standards. 06 Apr 2010
ABS guide for environmental notations
ABS has published a guide for shipowners seeking to obtain its optional class notations Enviro and Enviro+ denoting adherence to enhanced standards for environmental protection. 26 Mar 2010
Maersk extends survey periods
A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S (APMM) and ABS have agreed to extend out-of-water drydocking periods from five to seven and a half years for eligible vessels. The agreement signed this week covers an initial fleet of 14 Maersk Line containerships. 12 Mar 2010
Greek seminar highlights issues on low sulphur fuel
More than 190 members of the Greek shipowning and operating community attended a comprehensive seminar in Athens on issues associated with the requirement to burn low sulphur fuels in the existing Suphur Emissions Control Areas (SECAs) and in European Ports. 09 Mar 2010
GTRC boss says ship order signals industry turnaround
Bahamian shipowner Campbell Shipping Ltd. has signed an order with Zhong Chuan Heavy Industry Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. of Zhoushan for two 32,000 dwt double-hull bulk carriers, with an option for two more. 05 Mar 2010
Verified results of CSNOx by ABS
Ecospec Global Technology Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based technological company and inventor of the world’s first effective 3-in-1 emission abatement system, reports that ABS has issued a statement on 8 February 2010 verifying the results of removing sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide respectively. 25 Feb 2010
Bollinger delivers new PSV
Bollinger Shipyard in the USA has delivered the first of their 71.32m class of Cummins-powered platform supply vessels (PSVs) to Bee Mar Inc. 16 Apr 2010
Strategic Marine’s Singapore success
Strategic Marine’s Singapore shipyard has seen success after success after the company recently took the opportunity to purchase the lease of the yard and its existing 1,260m2 covered shipbuilding hall. 23 Mar 2010
CSNOx wins ‘Technology of the Year’ award
Ecospec Global Technology Pte Ltd (Ecospec), a Singapore-based research and technological company specializing in advanced emission abatement and environmental technologies, has won the prestigious ‘Technology of the Year’ award for its CSNOx technology at the Green Ship Technology Conference 2010. 17 Mar 2010
Crowley orders two ocean tugs from Bollinger
The US tug owner Crowley has signed a contract with Bollinger Shipyards to build two newly designed ocean going tug with options for additional vessels. 23 Feb 2010
MAN's VTA picks up Seatrade award
The 2010 Seatrade award for protection of the marine and atmospheric environment was presented yesterday evening (24 May) to MAN Diesel & Turbo, of Augsburg, Germany, for the VTA variable turbine area turbocharger. 25 May 2010
Drydocks World wins semisub order
Drydocks World – South East Asia has won a contract to build a new oil well intervention compact semi-submersible (CSS) vessel, representing a third order from integrated energy industries service provider Hallin Marine. The vessel will cost a total of $110m. 21 May 2010
MHI completes development of LNG-FPSO
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has completed development of LNG-FPSO and has obtained two kinds of approval in principle (AIP) from major international ship classification societies. 20 Apr 2010
ABS revises guide for vessels operating in Polar regions
ABS has revised its comprehensive guide for vessels operating in the Arctic and comparable harsh environments incorporating nearly four years of operational experience since the guide was first issued in September 2006. 06 Aug 2010
ABS joins SIGTTO
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ABS examines energy-saving technology
ABS and the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute have entered into a two-year joint research and development project to study the potential of an energy-saving device to enhance propulsion efficiency. 13 Sep 2010
ABS creates greater China Operating Division
ABS has announced a major organizational change with the creation of a fifth operating division that will be responsible for the society’s activities in The People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan. 06 Oct 2010
ABS breaks 170 million gt barrier
The ABS-classed fleet has broken through the 170 million gross tons threshold with the latest statistics showing the fleet as standing at 11,055 vessels aggregating 170.29 million gt representing an increase of more than 9 million gt to date in 2010. 08 Nov 2010
ABS & CCS sign cooperation agreement
ABS and the China Classification Society (CCS) strengthened their collaborative efforts by entering into a new comprehensive cooperation agreement in which the offshore industry will be a priority area of focus. 02 Dec 2010
Shipmanager joins ABS for energy plans
Greece’s largest tanker operator, Maran Tankers Management (MTM), is collaborating with class society ABS in the development, review and revision of company and ship energy efficiency management plans (CEEMP and SEEMP). 27 May 2011
ABS, LR pool technical strengths in new venture
A new milestone in collaboration between classification societies was signalled earlier this year by the release of jointly-developed software for use by ship designers, shipyards and shipowners in complying with the IACS Common Structural Rules(CSR), writes David Tinsley. 29 Sep 2011
Class rises to new challenges of shipboard noise
Rising standards and expectations relating to crew habitability, occupational safety and passenger comfort have prompted closer attention to shipboard noise levels, as have considerations of the component damage that can result from excessive vibration, writes David Tinsley. 30 Sep 2011
BWTS guide from class society
ABS has announced the release of a new ‘Guide for Ballast Water Treatment’ which will aid vessel owners and operators in preparing for compliance with the IMO’s new ballast water convention. 08 Nov 2011
ABS classes US dual-fuel OSV newbuilds
Harvey Gulf International Marine has selected ABS as the class society for its two new dual fuelled LNG-powered offshore supply vessels (OSVs) being constructed at Trinity Offshore. 10 Jan 2012
ABS Group concludes acquisition of Safetec Nordic AS
ABS Group of Companies has enhanced its presence in the offshore market, having concluded its acquisition of Safetec Nordic, which provides integrated safety, risk and asset lifecycle management services. 13 Jan 2012
ABS Group announces acquisition of asset management provider
ABS Group of Companies has announced its acquisition of US-based maintenance and asset management solutions provider Genesis Solutions. 24 Feb 2012
ABS invests in ocean environment study
ABS has combined with the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) in a $600,000 investment for the ABS Harsh Environment Technology Center and associated research programme. 04 Apr 2012
Research project for ABS with Chinese university
Global classification society ABS, has signed a letter of intent to organise research projects with the South China University of Technology (SCUT) through the ABS China Offshore Technology Centre (COTC) in Shanghai. 21 Aug 2012
Software for compliance and efficiency
Classification society ABS has released a new energy and environmental manager module for its NS5 Enterprise asset management software, in order to help owners and operators meet environmental and operational demands. 23 Oct 2012
Japan authorises ABS certification
Global classification society, ABS, has been authorised by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, to serve as a recognised organisation of the State of Japan. 21 Jan 2013
ABS relocates NE European operations
American based classification society, ABS, has decided to relocate its Northern European marine operations from London in the UK to Hamburg in Germany to enhance service delivery. 06 Feb 2013
ABS invests in Singapore
Classification society ABS has announced significant investments in Singapore which it says will strengthen engineering and survey capabilities, as well as lay the ground for strategic global initiatives. 11 Apr 2013
Approval for new GTT small LNG carrier
ABS, global classification provider to the offshore industry, has granted French engineering company Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) approval in principle (AIP) for a brand new 32,000 m3 capacity LNG carrier design. 16 Apr 2013
ABS exhaust gas scrubber advice
Maritime classification company, ABS, has released its ‘Advisory on Exhaust Gas Scrubber Systems’, to help vessel owners and operators assess practicality of using exhaust gas scrubbers to meet current and upcoming environmental regulations. 01 May 2013
Milestone for ABS
ABS says that its registered fleet has surpassed 200 million gross tonnes meaning that 12,000 vessels representing 105 flag states are currently registered with the company. 11 Jul 2013
US-based society reaches tonnage milestone
ABS recently announced that its registered fleet has surpassed 200 million gross tons, made up of about 12,000 vessels sailing under 105 different flags. 28 Aug 2013
ABS forms global gas team
ABS is meeting industry needs with the formation of a Global Gas Solutions team to control its liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) capabilities. 28 Aug 2013
ABS realigns to meet industry demands
ABS is realigning its operational and environmental performance, nautical systems and asset integrity management services to meet industry needs. 23 Oct 2013
Safetec unveils new Competence Centre
Safetec is opening a new Competence Centre in Bergen, Norway, which will provide education and training for organisations based on ABS Group and Safetec’s experience in the onshore and offshore sector. 26 Nov 2013
A new approach to LNG storage tank design
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is designing new modular LNG storage tanks using concepts from LNG shipping to onshore storage and spin-off technology. 06 Dec 2013
Rolls-Royce engines ABS-certified
Rolls-Royce Power Systems’ MTU Series 4000 engines have been awarded Naval Vessel Rules (NVR) certification by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). 24 Feb 2014
LNG bunkering regulation report
Marine and offshore classification society ABS has released a report on LNG bunkering in North America. 19 Mar 2014
ABS approves simplified system
US-based CUI Global's GasPT2 technology has received ABS certification for marine and offshore use. 11 May 2014
ABS class contract for LNG carriers
ABS is to classify two ‘Moss-type’ LNG carriers to be built in Korea for Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas). 14 May 2014
ABS will class first US LNG bunker vessels
ABS has been chosen as the classification society for LNG America’s first LNG bunker barges, currently being designed by Jensen Maritime. 23 May 2014
“Ground-breaking” LNG concept
ABS has entered into a joint development project (JDP) with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) to develop what is thought will be the industry’s first LNG-fuelled drillship. 03 Jul 2014
Energy efficiency: regulatory impact and the role of technology
Shipping and offshore industries have gone through many changes in the last 10 years and it is likely that both will go through even more dramatic changes in the next decade and beyond, says Kirsi Tikka, president and COO, ABS Europe Division. 21 Jul 2014
ABS and MPA collaborate on R&D
ABS and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have singed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote maritime research and development (R&D) and innovation. 25 Jul 2014
Buying a ballast water treatment system is the easy part
The biggest challenge for ballast water treatment systems at the moment is meeting US Coast Guard requirements for testing, but owners will soon have their share of challenges too, says Wendy Laursen. 04 Aug 2014
ABS to class “world’s first” CNG ship
ABS is to class what is said to be the world’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) carrier ordered by Pelayaran Bahtera Adhiguna, a subsidiary of an Indonesian state-owned power company. 29 Jul 2014
CNG in shipping as an LNG alternative
Transporting natural gas has become big business for the shipping industry, says Dag Pike, who looks at the opportunities in compressing, rather than liquefying, gas for transport and fuel. 03 Sep 2014
ABS bags its first Japanese-flagged ship
ABS, the Houston, US-based classification society, reports that it has become the first foreign class society to include a Japanese-flagged ship in its fleet. 04 Sep 2014
Class societies look to the LNG market and beyond
With LNG well on the way to wide adoption, class societies are securing their place and looking ahead to more new fuels, reports Wendy Laursen. 30 Dec 2014
ABS publishes LNG-ready guide
ABS has released a guide to help the maritime industry plan newbuilds for future conversions to LNG fuel. 08 Dec 2014
Korea Gas LNG containment system approved
Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS), the world’s largest LNG importer, has received extended design approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the KC-1 LNG cargo containment system. 09 Jan 2015
ABS updates LNG guidance
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has released the second edition of its guidance on LNG bunkering in North America. 27 Mar 2015
Transforming the future of shipping
During the recent CMA Shipping 2015 conference, ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher Wiernicki provided the conference's keynote address focusing on the executive technology leadership helping transform the future of shipping. 01 Apr 2015
ABS fleet management for Topaz OSVs
Topaz Energy and Marine is to install ABS Nautical Systems fleet management software on 58 of its offshore support vessels (OSVs). 09 Jun 2015
ABS class for LNG carrier
ABS will provide approval of a containment system and classification for a new medium-sized LNG vessel to be built in China for Sino-Norwegian company Landmark Capital. 16 Jun 2015
ABS classing for Maersk ULCs
Leading classification society, ABS, has been selected to class 11 ultra-large containerships (ULCs) for Maersk Line. 09 Jul 2015
ABS invests in academic research
ABS says advances have been made in technology that will impact the role of classification in the future, and its academic research aims to help the industry benefit. 18 Aug 2015
LNG propulsion experts in bulk carrier project
A joint development project to equip dry bulk carriers with LNG propulsion has been launched by Athens-based owner Arista Shipping, Deltamarin, GTT and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). 19 Oct 2015