ABS and RS sign bilateral agreement

08 Nov 2005

A new bilateral agreement that extends the long-standing agreement on cooperation between ABS and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has been signed by the two societies in St Petersburg, Russia. The wide ranging, cooperative agreement principally addresses the provision of field surveys for ships and floating structures in service and under construction, design approval, technical documentation and certification of materials and products.

The new agreement followed extensive discussions between the two societies during which there was a comprehensive exchange of views on a wide range of issues relating to the raising of maritime safety and environmental standards and the further development of the relationship. The two societies will be establishing training programs that will facilitate the exchange of information between our engineering and survey staffs to maximize these benefits.

A mutual understanding was reached on signing a specific agreement for dual classification of arctic shuttle tankers. RS and ABS also expressed their readiness to further develop the dual class concept for ships and floating structures in service and under construction to meet the future needs of shipowners and the offshore industry.

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