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ABS supports ballast water compliance ahead of IMO retrofit window
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ABS supports ballast water compliance ahead of IMO retrofit window

ABS has published its 2019 Ballast Water Management Advisory providing critical advice to owners in advance of the five-year window beginning September 2019, requiring retrofits of ballast water management systems (BWMS) on existing ships. “We anticipate roughly 6,000 vessels per year over the next five years will need to be retrofitted with BWMS to meet...

ABS pilots AI for corrosion detection
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ABS pilots AI for corrosion detection

A pilot project applying artificial intelligence (AI) models to detect levels of corrosion and coating breakdown on ships and offshore structures has been successfully demonstrated by ABS, Google Cloud and SoftServe. The project proved high accuracy of AI in detecting and assessing structural anomalies commonly found during visual inspection. AI techniques could be further used...

ABS to focus on 2030 and 2050 challenges at Nor-Shipping 2019
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ABS to focus on 2030 and 2050 challenges at Nor-Shipping 2019

At Nor-Shipping, classification organisation ABS will focus on its efforts towards meeting the challenges of 2030 and 2050, together with shipping industry partners. Earlier this year ABS opened its Global Sustainability Centre in Singapore to bring together multiple projects around the decarbonisation of shipping. These include studying the viability of alternative fuels and new energy...

ABS launches global sustainability centre to support shipping’s decarbonisation
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ABS launches global sustainability centre to support shipping’s decarbonisation

ABS has launched the ABS Global Sustainability Centre in Singapore with a mission to help maritime decarbonise and transition to a sustainable, lower emissions industry. The Centre brings together industry leading ABS sustainability projects with a focus on: – Studying the viability of alternative fuels and new energy sources in different shipping sectors – Analysing...

Demand for methanol in shipping highlighted in new seminars
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Demand for methanol in shipping highlighted in new seminars

A new series of free industry seminars that is touring the world promoting the use of methanol as a marine fuel has highlighted the growing interest in the fuel. Over 225 participants joined the seminar held in India and organised by Sea Commerce Consulting and Institute of Marine Engineers of India (IMEI) with support from...

ABS publishes guidance on remote inspection technologies
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ABS publishes guidance on remote inspection technologies

ABS has published guidance notes on the Use of Remote Inspection Technologies, detailing best practices for the use of drones on class surveys and non-class inspections. The guidance notes cover pilot-operated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles and Robotic Crawlers, collectively known as Remote Inspection Technologies (RITs). The guidance notes were developed following extensive marine...

ABS offers 24-hr global remote surveying
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ABS offers 24-hr global remote surveying

ABS has announced it is now offering remote surveying with 24-hour worldwide coverage to enable certain surveys to be performed without the surveyor being physically present on-board. The following survey types are presently suitable for ABS Remote Survey, with more to be added in the near future. Continuous Machinery Survey Tail Shaft or Tube Shaft...

ABS grants AiP to LNG-powered vessel designs
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ABS grants AiP to LNG-powered vessel designs

ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to two liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered designs from Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group (DSIC), China. The DSIC designs include a 208,000 DWT bulk carrier and a concept 260,000 DWT very large ore carrier (VLOC). Both designs incorporate a Type C LNG fuel tank in the open area of...

ABS grants AIP for wind turbine transport vessel
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ABS grants AIP for wind turbine transport vessel

ABS has granted Approval in Principal (AIP) to Neptun Ship Design for its energy efficient Wind Turbine Transport Vessel design. The Blue Azurit design is the first to support transporting parts for turbines greater than 9 Mega Watts (MW). The 178m long design allows wind turbine manufacturers to produce full length welded towers ready for...

ABS opens new global headquarters in Texas
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ABS opens new global headquarters in Texas

ABS has opened its new global headquarters in City Place Drive, Spring, Texas. “This is a significant milestone in our 157-year history and reaffirms our commitment to provide industry-leading safety and practical technology solutions for marine and offshore industry challenges,” said ABS Chairman, president and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki. The state-of-the-art global headquarters will be...

ABS and KOMERI sign MoU to advance LNG as a marine fuel
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ABS and KOMERI sign MoU to advance LNG as a marine fuel

ABS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute (KOMERI) to create a new facility dedicated to improving the safety of LNG as fuel. ABS and KOMERI will collaborate on research at the shoreside facility, which will allow shipowners to safely test fuel gas and bunkering systems, under actual...

Space technology brought to LNG shipping
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Space technology brought to LNG shipping

ABS, OceanFinance, and Scorpius Space Launch Company (SSLC) have launched a joint Space Tech4Sea project to help adapt composite technologies developed for the space industry to liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping. The project, which has received more than EUR 1 million from the European Commission, will apply composite technology, which offers a reported 80 per...