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American Bureau of Shipping

About American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Standards

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is a foremost ship classification society renowned for its role in promoting maritime safety and sustainability. At the heart of ABS' services are its classification services, primarily facilitated through the development and application of ABS Rules. These rules set stringent Standards for evaluating the design, construction, and ongoing operational integrity of vessels and marine structures worldwide. ABS Rules are instrumental in ensuring compliance with international regulations and industry best practices, thereby enhancing safety at sea, minimizing environmental impact, and bolstering the reliability and performance of ships and offshore installations across the global maritime community.

 

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Intertek Inform makes it easy for businesses to buy ABS Standards from our website, giving convenient access to globally recognized guidelines set by the The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). ABS Standards govern safety, reliability, and environmental sustainability in marine operations. ABS Standards not only enhance operational integrity but also support innovation in maritime technology, ensuring businesses can maintain compliance, quality and competitiveness.


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Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (2018)
Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels
GUIDANCE NOTES ON RECOMMENDED SPECIFICATIONS OF JUNCTION BOX AND CABLE TRAY FOR OFFSHORE APPLICATION
GUIDANCE NOTES ON ONBOARD SHIP NOISE ANALYSIS
GUIDANCE NOTES ON CATHODIC PROTECTION OF SHIPS
Rules for Building and Classing Floating Production Installations (2018)
GUIDE FOR POWER SERVICE FOR MARINE AND OFFSHORE APPLICATIONS
GUIDANCE NOTES ON NEARSHORE POSITION MOORING
GUIDANCE NOTES ON IN-SERVICE HULL STABILITY VERIFICATION
GUIDE FOR CLASSIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION OF MANAGED PRESSURE DRILLING SYSTEMS
GUIDE FOR ALTERNATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR HULL CONSTRUCTION OF VESSELS INTENDED TO CARRY VEHICLES (130 METERS OR MORE IN LENGTH)
GUIDE FOR BUILDING AND CLASSING ASPHALT CARRIERS WITH INDEPENDENT TANKS
GUIDE FOR CLASSIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION OF SUBSEA PRODUCTION SYSTEMS, EQUIPMENT AND COMPONENTS
GUIDANCE NOTES ON DRILLING RISER ANALYSIS
GUIDE FOR ERGONOMIC CONTAINER LASHING
GUIDE FOR CONVERSION OF SELF-ELEVATING UNITS TO OFFSHORE INSTALLATIONS
GUIDANCE NOTES ON MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF PROTECTIVE COATINGS
GUIDE FOR USE OF LITHIUM BATTERIES IN THE MARINE AND OFFSHORE INDUSTRIES
GUIDE FOR DROPPED OBJECT PREVENTION ON OFFSHORE UNITS AND INSTALLATIONS
GUIDANCE NOTES ON CONVERSION OF MOBILE OFFSHORE DRILLING UNITS TO FLOATING PRODUCTION INSTALLATIONS
GUIDE FOR LAY-UP AND REACTIVATION OF OFFSHORE SUPPORT VESSELS

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The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Standards represent a comprehensive set of rules and requirements governing the design, construction, and maintenance of marine and offshore structures. These Standards are meticulously developed to ensure safety, environmental protection, and operational efficiency across the global maritime industry. ABS Standards cover various aspects including structural integrity, materials performance, machinery systems, and safety management practices. They serve as benchmarks that shipbuilders, designers, and operators adhere to, promoting consistency and reliability in vessel construction and operation.

ABS Standards play a crucial role in enhancing safety and reliability in marine and offshore operations worldwide. They guide shipyards and designers in constructing vessels that meet stringent safety and environmental criteria. These Standards are used to certify the compliance of ships, offshore platforms, and related equipment with regulatory requirements and industry best practices. ABS Standards also support risk management efforts by ensuring that structures and systems perform effectively under varying environmental conditions and operational demands. 

ABS Standards are owned and managed by the ABS itself, which operates from its headquarters in Houston, Texas, USA. ABS is a globally recognized classification society and a leading provider of marine and offshore classification services.

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