The Classification Societies have reciprocal agreements to honor other approvals of External Specialists. For more details refer to the Service Supplier Approval publication available on the IACS website, or
Click here for information on the IACS UR Z 17 requirements to become an external specialist.
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ABS SafeShip are registered trademarks of ABS. These logos are widely used
in official ABS documentation and marketing materials, including ABS Certificates,
advertisements, brochures, and on the ABS websites. Unauthorized use of the
logos is an infringement of ABS's Copyright under 17 U.S.C. § Section
101 et seq.
The only ABS logo that is allowed for use by Recognized Service Providers is
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Disclaimer for Persons Trained to Service Lifeboats:
Flags states may have their own requirements for who and/or what organization
may service a lifeboat. Be sure to determine any flag-state specific requirements
before proceeding with lifeboat servicing. This may be discussed with a local
ABS office. The listed manufacturers have presented ABS with affidavits attesting
to the training of the listed individuals. The manufacturers will maintain
a list of trained individuals on their web site. ABS will provide a link to
the web site, however, ABS can not accept responsibility for the accuracy of
these listings and the qualifications of the individuals listed. If you wish
to be included on this list, please forward the attached application to your
local ABS Office.
Approved Chief Engineer:
As of 30 June 2002, it is no longer necessary for a Chief Engineer to carry a certificate of approval from ABS in order to credit items of machinery opened and serviced by the vessel's crew. The effectiveness of the Chief Engineer will be determined based on the records and general condition of the equipment and/or vessel. If the attending ABS surveyor accepts the work done, the following information is to be collected and provided when CMS or SSM items are being credited based upon an exam carried out by a Chief Engineer:
Name of Chief Engineer
License number of Chief Engineer
Date of expiration of Chief Engineer's license
Name of the Administration that issued the Chief Engineer's license
Even if a different Chief Engineer examined some or all the items, the ABS
surveyor will record the above information for the Chief Engineer that is currently
onboard and presenting items for crediting.
Crediting of Machinery items to SSM and CMS surveys, after being examined and/or repaired by a member of the ships' crew, is allowed provided the Chief Engineer holds a current license issued by the Flag Administration. If the Chief Engineer's license is not issued by the same Flag Administration of which the vessel is flagged, evidence is to be provided that the current Flag Administration has accepted the Chief Engineer's license. Items that have been examined by the Chief Engineer subsequent to the last ABS attendance onboard, can be credited if presented to the attending surveyor, upon review of the maintenance records, a visual exam and operational test, if applicable.
Items done by the Chief Engineer are to be credited based on the date that a surveyor verifies these items. As a general guidance, a minimum of 50% of the machinery items are to be opened up with an ABS surveyor in attendance. Included in this 50% are the following items which should be examined, to the extent deemed necessary, by the surveyor and not left solely to the Chief Engineers.
MACHINERY - GENERAL:
Compressed air tanks and relief valves
Other Pressure vessels - service rating of >50 PSI (3.5 Bar)
Fire fighting equipment
Foundation bolts and chocks
Line shafting and bearings
Sea valves and sea chests
Overboard discharge valves
Steering gear and relief valves
Main engine cross head pins and bearings
Main engine crank pins and bearings
Main engine bearings and journals
HP and LP turbines, flexible couplings and reduction gears
Main thrust bearing
Safety devices and trips
Generator turbine, flexible couplings, thrust bearing and reduction gear