Japan authorises ABS certification

21 Jan 2013

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.

The authorisation allows ABS to provide statutory certification services to Japanese flagged vessels on behalf of the government.

The company has more than 120 surveyors and engineers in Japan to support its growing operations. They will work in close cooperation with the flag administration of Japan to verify compliance of Japanese flag ships with the major international safety and pollution regulations, including the International Load Line, SOLAS and MARPOL Conventions.

Christopher J Wiernicki, president and CEO, ABS, said: “This authorisation strengthens our global coverage and allows vessel owners and operators greater operational flexibility. We are now able to offer more comprehensive service to ABS classed Japanese vessels and offshore assets through our global network of surveyors and engineers.”

Ken Okabayashi, business director, ABS, added: “Our status as a recognised organisation of Japan is an acknowledgment of the professionalism of the entire ABS staff around the world in supporting the Japanese maritime industry and a testament of our commitment to the country.”

ABS currently operates four offices in Japan, serving both Japanese owners and other customers constructing vessels and offshore resources within the country.

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