ABS engineers and surveyors, working with industry and government representatives, can verify that a vessel is built and equipped to the requirements of the SOLAS Convention. At the time of construction and throughout a vessel's service life, based on satisfactory review and survey of the vessel, we can issue the following SOLAS certificates:
- Safety Construction Certificate (SLC)
- Safety Equipment Certificate (SLE)
- Safety Radio Certificate (SLR)
- Passenger Ship Safety Certificate (SLP)
In addition, we conduct document reviews and appropriate audits to verify that the vessel's safety and security management systems comply with:
- International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM)
- International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code
As a part of the review and survey process required for SOLAS certificates, ABS will, upon request, perform additional reviews and surveys required for the following MARPOL certificates:
- International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate
- IMO Certificate of Fitness for Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC)
- IMO Certificate of Fitness for Carriage of Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC)
- International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) Certificate
Load Line certificates
ABS has been authorized to issue load line certificates on behalf of a large number of flag Administrations to indicate that vessels are capable of carrying their intended cargo in a stable condition. The load line itself is a hull mark that indicates the maximum draft to which a vessel is permitted to safely load.
In addition to national or international tonnage certificates, ABS can issue tonnage certificates required by authorities governing the Panama and Suez Canals. SOLAS and MARPOL regulations specify arrangements and equipment requirements based on the ship's gross tonnage.