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Reasons to class with ABS

More than a Century of Experience

Since 1862, ABS has been dedicated to meeting the needs of the shipping industry. Our Rules are based on knowledge gained from more than 140 years of operating experience and a continuing program of technological research.

Statutory Recognition of ABS Standards

Many flag States require vessels on their register to be classed with one of a select number of approved societies. ABS is a Recognized Organization for more than 100 governments that value our global network of highly qualified surveyors and capabilities. With extensive manpower and technology resources, we are well positioned to act on their behalf in conducting the technical reviews, audits and surveys required under applicable international conventions, national laws and regulations.

A Network of Regional Technical Offices

ABS provides responsive, professional technical services to designers, builders and shipowners through a network of local engineering offices strategically placed in major shipowning and shipbuilding centers: Busan, Genoa, Hamburg, Houston, Istanbul, London, Mumbai, New Orleans, Piraeus, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and Yokohama.

Advanced Technology Capabilities

With some of the most respected research and development resources in the marine industry, ABS is dedicated to advancing the field of marine design and construction. We continue to monitor and modify our Rules to reflect the latest developments in strength, stability, machinery, safety equipment and pollution.

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