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Supporting Malaysia’s Offshore Growth
According to Clarkson Research, production offshore Malaysia averaged 700,000 barrels per day (b/d) of oil and 6 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in 2013, accounting for 24 percent and 23 percent of offshore oil and gas production respectively in Asia-Pacific – more than any other single country in the region.

ABS holds more than 20 percent of the market share in the Pacific marine and offshore orderbook and 35 percent of the market share in Malaysia. In 2013, ABS delivered two converted liquefied natural gas floating storage units (LNG FSUs) for MISC Berhad’s developments offshore Malacca, completed approval in principle (AIP) review for the PFLNG 2 Project and maintained an active offshore and subsea equipment certification service in Malaysia. Entering 2014, ABS is strengthening its position and service delivery in this growing energy economy. Read more

Mexican Reforms End 75-Year Monopoly
After discussions and debates that have spanned decades, Mexico is in the process of implementing wide-ranging energy reforms that will open oil and gas exploration and development to foreign participation, which has been absent for 75 years.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto presented the constitutional reform to Congress on 12 August 2013. It was approved by the Senate on 11 December and by the Chamber of Representatives the following day. Mexico declared the reform constitutional on 18 December and published it in the official log of the Mexican Federation. Read more

Jack St. Malo

Chevron Mobilizes JACK ST. MALO Installation
In November 2013, Chevron’s Jack St. Malo semisubmersible floating production unit (FPU) departed the Kiewit Offshore Services integration yard in Ingleside, Texas, on its way to Walker Ridge 718 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The semi will be stationed in 7,000 ft (2,134 m) of water for what is expected to be a 30-year service life. The offshore installation campaign is in progress, and first oil is anticipated in 2014.

Chevron selected ABS to class and act as Certified Verification Agent (CVA) for the Jack St. Malo FPU and Big Foot TLP projects. Beginning in 2009, the initial work scope called for ABS to validate that the Jack St. Malo FPU front end engineering design (FEED) complied with the intent of ABS Rules and appropriate codes. Following FEED approvals, ABS proceeded to classification and statutory approvals and fabrication and installation surveys. Read more

Paul Walters

First ISQM Drillship Leaves Yard
ABS has achieved an industry first with the completion of the Rowan Companies’ Rowan Renaissance drillship. This newbuild, which was built in the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) yard in Ulsan, South Korea, is the first in the world to be constructed using ABS’ Integrated Software Quality Management (ISQM) notation.

“No other class society has classed an asset with a software notation that addresses software quality during construction, at delivery and beyond,” says ABS Manager Paul Walters. Read more

Can Do Drillship

ABS Approves 20K psi Drillship Design
Acknowledged as a trusted partner and technical leader in the offshore market, ABS was selected to work alongside Keppel Offshore & Marine (O&M) and GustoMSC on a novel proprietary design project for the deepwater exploration, development and completion drilling vessel, Can Do. The drillship will be capable of handling dual 20,000 psi well control systems. As part of the design stage, ABS has granted approval of the Can Do 20,000 psi drillship’s basic design.

Keppel O&M’s research and development (R&D) arm and technology center, KOMTech, led the joint development with design partner GustoMSC. ABS engineers offered training in the use of the ABS Eagle Drillship software to enable development of the model and to run analyses. Basic design structure and stability also were assessed by ABS. The vessel will receive the HAB, CDS and ENVIRO-OS notations. Read more

Energy Crossing II

ABS Opens Energy Corridor Office
ABS has opened a new Houston satellite office to co-locate members from its Engineering, Project Management, Technology and Business Development functions serving the offshore and energy sectors.

The move to a new building in the expanding Energy Corridor in West Houston not only places ABS engineers closer to major clients in the area, it positions ABS in a dynamic offshore and energy research and development hub. Read more

James Brekke

Wind Tunnel Testing Gains Ground
Reliable assessment of wind loads on mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and floating production installations is a key to safe stability practice. In 1988, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Technical and Research (T&R) Bulletin 5-4 was published to document industry guidelines on wind tunnel testing as applied to the design of MODUs. Since that time, computational fluid dynamics and other related technologies have advanced, which has resulted in improved wind tunnel testing practices. The SNAME guidelines, however, have not been updated to reflect these improvements.

Meanwhile, regulatory bodies have recently requested that the offshore industry demonstrate the basis for using wind tunnel testing for approvals, particularly for floating production installations. As a result, the SNAME Offshore T&R Committee sponsored an initiative to update the wind tunnel testing guidelines in SNAME 5-4. Read more

ASP Team

ABS, Safetec Develop Blowout Risk Model
ABS and Safetec Nordic AS, an ABS Group company that provides integrated risk and asset management services for the offshore industry, are working together to develop a blowout risk model that couples historical operational experience with risk analyses using a novel methodology.

The goal is to be able to detect and manage accident sequence precursor (ASP) indicators – signs that an accident is about to happen – so preventive measures can be taken to avoid a catastrophic event. Read more


Well Containment Equipment Plays Critical Role
As part of its deepwater emergency response plan, HWCG LLC has developed a well containment system that is ready to deploy should an accident occur in the GOM.

ABS Americas President and COO James Watson and ABS Energy Project Development Manager Thalia Kruger recently visited a fabrication shop in Northwest Houston, where HWCG’s new well test package was assembled for factory acceptance testing. Read more


ABS Names Chief Scientist, CFD
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is an established technology that is changing the way engineering challenges are addressed. Recognizing the value of advanced CFD solutions has led ABS to hire Richard Korpus as Chief Scientist, CFD, in the Technology department. Korpus, who holds multiple engineering degrees from the University of Michigan – including a Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) in Aerospace Engineering and a BS, MS and PhD in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering – has taught engineering and naval architecture courses at the university level. His theoretical training includes a broad background in applied and numerical mathematics; development of finite volume, difference and element methods; optimization and variational methods; and boundary integral techniques.

As Chief Scientist, Korpus is the corporate technical authority on CFD applications for marine and offshore. He will oversee CFD policy, procedures, long-range planning, tools, capabilities and services. And he will play a vital role in making sure ABS continues to provide technology capabilities to support industry needs. Read more


ABS to Class Newbuild OCVs
ABS has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore through the company Island Ventures II LLC to class two next-generation offshore construction vessels (OCVs). The ULSTEIN SX165 design vessels will be built at Ulstein Verft in Norway and Edison Chouest’s LaShip yard in Houma, Louisiana, in the US. This marks the first time an ULSTEIN design vessel will be built in a US yard.

The OCVs will be 28 m wide and 145.7 m long with accommodations for 200 people. They will each be equipped with one 400-metric-ton crane and one 140-metric-ton crane, a large moonpool measuring 11.2 x 12 m and two smaller moonpools with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) installed in a centrally located hangar. The vessel design includes three separate engine rooms to provide extreme operational reliability, and an SCR catalyst system will reduce NOx emissions. Read more

Gas Markets

Study Outlines LNG Bunkering Regulations
ABS is developing a document that LNG stakeholders will be able to use to guide them through the issues associated with LNG bunkering.

ABS and ABS Group conducted a study to address specific issues associated with LNG bunkering as well as infrastructure at ports and marine accessible terminals. The resulting guidance document will help North American operators and owners of LNG fueled vessels, LNG bunkering vessels and waterfront facilities that need information to navigate US and Canada federal regulations, state/provincial and port requirements, international codes and standards, potentially applicable waterway requirements and restrictions as well as regional and local regulations. Read more

Client Training
SHI Training

China Shipyard Earns JRP Certificates
In the third quarter of 2013, ABS delivered a new type of client newbuild training for Samsung Heavy Industries (Ningbo) Shipyard Co. (SHNC) as part of a joint research project (JRP). The JRP agreement between the ABS Shanghai Learning Center and the local Ningbo Samsung site office is unique in providing onsite training in the yard for Samsung Ningbo personnel and is one more way ABS is stepping up to meet clients’ needs.

Comparable in scope to earlier training offered by ABS to Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea, the basic training session covered hull, machinery and electrical components. Read more


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ABS develops and verifies standards for design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore facilities. Currently, ABS has more than 30 Rules and Guides available relating to the offshore and energy industries.

Latest Offshore Rules and Guides updates include: 

Rules and Guides

  • UPDATE: Rules for Building and Classing Single Point Moorings (2014), #8
  • UPDATE: Guidance Notes on Dynamic Analysis Procedure for Self-Elevating Units (2014), #124
  • NEW: Guide for the Classification Symbols Pre-Laid Position Mooring Systems and Equipment for Mobile Offshore Units (2013), #205

Notices and Corrigenda

  • Part 1, Rules for Conditions of Classification (2014), Generic Rules
    Rule Change Notice 1, January 2014
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Part 1, Rules for Conditions of Classification - Offshore Units and Structures (2014), Generic Rules
    Rule Change Notice 1, January 2014
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Part 7, Rules for Survey after Construction (2014), Generic Rules
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (2014), #6
    Rule Change Notice 1, February 2014
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for the Classification of Drilling Systems (2012), #57
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Rules for Building and Classing Offshore Installations (2014), #63
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Building and Classing Subsea Pipeline Systems (2006), #64
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Rules for Building and Classing Floating Production Installations (2014), #82
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guidance Notes on the Application of Fiber Rope for Offshore Mooring (2013), #90
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for 'Dynamic Loading Approach' for Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Installations (2010), #101
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Spectral-Based Fatigue Analysis for Floating for Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Installations (2010), #104
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Building and Classing Gravity-Based Offshore LNG Terminals (2010), #106
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Building and Classing Liftboats (2014), #107
    Rule Change Notice 1, February 2014
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Automatic or Remote Control and Monitoring on Offshore Installations (2003), #114
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for the Fatigue Assessment of Offshore Structures (2003), #115
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Building and Classing Subsea Riser Systems (2006), #123
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Buckling and Ultimate Strength Assessment for Offshore Structures (2004), #126
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Mobile Offshore Units Operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, N-Notation (2013), #155
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Units (2008), #160
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Building and Classing Floating Offshore Liquefied Gas Terminals (2010), #169
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Building and Classing Bottom-Founded Offshore Wind Turbine Installations (2013), #176
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Building and Classing Drillships (2011), #184
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for Crew Habitability on Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) (2012), #190
    Corrigenda, February 2014

  • Guide for the Classification Notation Thruster-Assisted Mooring (TAM, TAM (Manual)) for Mobile Mooring Systems (2013), #194
    Corrigenda, February 2014

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