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August 28, 2015 10:05 AM ET

Professional Services

Company Overview of American Bureau Of Shipping Inc.

Company Overview

American Bureau Of Shipping Inc. provides marine and offshore classification services. The company offers classification, certification, container, environmental, casualty response, statutory, training, and type approval services to marine, offshore and energy, and materials sectors. It also provides classification, regulatory, and technical services related to ballast water management systems selection to assist designers, shipyards, owners, and operators. The company was formerly known as The American Shipmasters' Association and changed its name to American Bureau Of Shipping Inc. in September 1898. The company was founded in 1862 and is based in Houston, Texas with locations in London, U...

ABS Plaza

16855 Northchase Drive

Houston, TX 77060

United States

Founded in 1862





Key Executives for American Bureau Of Shipping Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Senior Vice President and Member of Advisory Council
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Europe Division President and Europe Division Chief Operating Officer
President of ABS Americas and Member of Advisory Council
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

American Bureau Of Shipping Inc. Key Developments

ABS Wins Contract to Class the World's First Very Large Ethane Carrier

ABS has been chosen to class the world's first contracted series of very large ethane carriers (VLECs). The class contract for the ships, which will be built in Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for an Asian shipowner, represents another gas ship milestone for ABS. The contract is for six 87,000 m3 VLECs and available options. The ships will be built at SHI's main shipyard in Geoje, Korea. ABS, which currently has the share of the global orderbook for LNG vessels being built to its class, has built a large team of qualified gas surveyors at shipyards across Korea.

American Bureau of Shipping Announces Ballast Water Management Systems Selection Service

American Bureau of Shipping announced the launch of its Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) Selection Service to assist designers, shipyards, owners and operators in selecting the solution suited to the unique needs of each vessel. This service builds upon ABS' position as a provider of classification, regulatory and technical services related to BWMS. The ABS BWMS Selection Service is a multi-step process. This begins with the ABS Operational and Environmental Performance (OEP) team gaining an understanding of vessel design and characteristics, trading patterns and specific regulatory requirements. This information is then matched to an extensive database of available BWMS and original manufacturer support networks, allowing ABS technical specialists to recommend systems that meet regulatory requirements and are feasible for installation in specific vessel designs. ABS also provides a comparative review of operational and maintenance considerations for each potential BWMS, allowing the vessel owners and operators to weigh all factors in selecting the solution that best suits their needs.

ABS and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Sign Memorandum of Understanding

ABS and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote maritime research and development (R&D) and innovation. Over the next five years, ABS and MPA will collaborate on maritime R&D in the areas of alternative/clean fuel and developing resilient, next-generation port systems. Both parties will also commit to promote and share maritime thought leadership on technology. The ABS-MPA MOU covers the following areas: alternative/clean fuel research and technology, such as in liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering, covering both operational configuration studies and risk assessment and safety; R&D on resilient, next-generation port systems relating to the safety and security of new port facilities, and where processes, such as traffic management, safe navigation, security measures, situational awareness, decision making and consequence management measures, have to be continuously and effectively assessed and updated; promote maritime technology to the Singapore maritime community through thought leadership fora, such as workshops and dialogues.

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