Seadrill Gets ABS-Managed Pressure Drilling Notation
ABS has announced it has issued the managed pressure drilling notation ABS MPD to Seadrill for the ABS-classed West Capricorn, a 6th generation ultra-deep water semi-submersible operating in the Gulf of Mexico.This notation demonstrates system compliance with the ABS Guide for Classification and Certification of Managed Pressure Drilling Systems (MPD Guide).Seadrill’s West Capricorn is the first Column Stabilized Drilling Unit to receive the ABS MPD notation complete with the Maltese Cross…
ABS Introduces Smarter Lashing for Containerships
ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, is providing resources that could dramatically improve safety on containerships with the enhanced ABS Guide for Certification of Container Securing Systems (Lashing Guide) and new companion software, ABS C-LASH. The Guide incorporates a new nonlinear lashing analysis procedure with easy-to-use software that simplifies analysis of container lashing arrangements. “This is a game changer for safety and operational performance in the containership sector…
New ABS Guide for LNG Bunkering
New Guide provides standards for growing LNG bunkering vessel sector. ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has published the ABS Guide for LNG Bunkering. This new Guide provides standards for the design, construction and survey of LNG bunkering systems that are on board a vessel. “This industry-leading Guide incorporates our expertise in the safety aspects of LNG storage and handling as well as LNG as fuel,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki.
ABS' New Subchapter M Guide
[Press Release] ABS announced the publication of the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Subchapter M Towing Vessels. The Guide is designed to aid domestic owners comply with new U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements governing towing vessels that operate in U.S. inland waterways. “As a trusted advisor to industry, ABS stays at the forefront of changing regulatory requirements so we can offer the best guidance to our clients and other industry stakeholders,” says ABS Americas Division President James Watson.
ABS Makes it Safer to ‘Walk to Work’
ABS announced the publication of The ABS Guide for Certification of Offshore Access Gangways. The new Guide addresses certification for safety systems used for “walk to work” (W2W) crew transfers. “As advanced crew transfer options become the norm in the offshore oil and gas industry, more and more companies want to benefit from W2W vessels and are looking to ABS for safety guidance,” says ABS Chief Technology Officer, Howard Fireman. Offshore access gangways with motion compensation systems are deployed and connected to the fixed or floating platform…
ABS Releases MODU Lay-up, Reactivation Guide
ABS has published a guide to help drilling asset owners carry out rig layups. The new ABS Guide for Lay-Up and Reactivation of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units provides requirements for stacking units based on the type of lay-up to be carried out and provides valuable information for moving rigs back into active operation. “With global drilling fleet utilization down to nearly 70 percent, asset owners are laying up rigs, and they are looking to ABS for guidance,” says ABS Executive Vice President of Global Offshore Ken Richardson.
ABS' New Condition Monitoring Guidance
Guidance Notes and Guide provide information for choosing monitoring techniques and insights for achieving classification. ABS has published two documents to help industry with condition monitoring. The new ABS Guidance Notes on Condition Monitoring Techniques helps owners choose appropriate monitoring techniques, and the ABS Guide for Surveys Based on Machinery Reliability and Maintenance Techniques provides updated methodologies for achieving classification notations applied to machinery reliability and maintenance management programs.
New ABS Guide for Reducing PSC Detentions
New mobile-friendly, interactive format makes it easy to define and address Port State Control compliance concerns to reduce detentions. (Houston) ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, has released an enhanced version of its Guidance for Reducing Port State Control Detention. The new Guidance provides the most updated information for maintaining compliance with current Port State Control laws in a mobile-friendly and interactive format.
ABS: New Guidance for Certifying Lifting Appliances
Updated Guide includes latest industry standards. [PRESS RELEASE] (Houston) ABS has published a new edition of the ABS Guide for Certification of Lifting Appliances that includes construction and operation of modern lifting appliances. The revised ABS Lifting Appliance Guide provides the marine and offshore industry with a clear and precise set of requirements that fully address the existing and new technologies. The input from industry experts, gathered over a two-year period…
ABS Guide for SOx Scrubber Ready Vessels Released
New class notation recognizes vessels designed with SOx Scrubber ready features to facilitate cost-effective and time-efficient retrofit. (Houston) ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industry, has published the ABS Guide for SOx Scrubber Ready Vessels to support members and clients in preparing newbuilds for future outfitting with a SOx exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS). Supporting the world’s first classification notation for SOx Scrubber Ready Vessels…
Brevik Gets Okay for Gas Containment System
ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to a new gas containment system concept designed in Norway by Brevik Technology, a Vard subsidiary. The containment system uses a series of independent, cylindrical IMO Type-B tanks and for the AIP was designed for application in a gas carrier of 30,000 cbm. ABS assessed the concept against the requirements of the International Gas Code, ABS Rules and the ABS Guide for Liquefied Gas Carriers with Independent Tanks. Since the tank design is a novel concept, a HAZID study was also performed.
ABS Advises on Northern Sea Route Navigation
ABS, a provider of global maritime classification services, today released its Navigating the Northern Sea Route Advisory to support shipowners and operators intending to transit the increasingly popular commercial shipping routes through the Arctic seas. The comprehensive advisory, which was developed with assistance from Russia's Central Marine Research and Design Institute, provides owners with the information they need to apply for permits and to identify the possible technical…
ABS Grants Energy Management Certifications
ABS announced the certification of several maritime industry leaders for adopting energy management systems. Gaslog LNG Services Ltd., Consolidated Marine Management and Goodwood Ship Management Pte Ltd. are among the first organizations to certify their energy management systems using the ABS Guide for Marine Health, Safety, Quality, Environmental and Energy (HSQEEn) Management. These forward-leaning companies are exceeding maritime industry requirements for energy efficiency and establishing systems that will allow them to manage operations that align with increased environmental awareness.
Harvey Gulf’s Bold Vision: a Big Win for Everyone
Shane Guidry and Harvey Gulf team up with leading industry naval architects, engine suppliers, classification societies, regulatory bodies and a host of others to bring U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore energy into the 21st Century – and beyond. Often out in front of the competition in many ways, Harvey Gulf International’s effort to build a new class of dual fueled LNG-powered offshore supply vessels (OSV’s) again raises the bar higher for those competing in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore markets.
ABS to Class Harvey Gulf’s Dual Fueled OSVs
Harvey Gulf International Marine has selected ABS as the class society for its two new dual fueled LNG-powered offshore supply vessels (OSVs) being constructed at Trinity Offshore LLC. The vessels will be among the first to be classed under the ABS Guide for Propulsion and Auxiliary Systems for Gas Fueled Ships released in May of 2011. Shane Guidry, Harvey Gulf International Marine Chairman and CEO comments on the strong relationship between Harvey Gulf and ABS, “We have been working with ABS for a long time…
ABS Notation for Well Test Ops Vessels, MODUs
ABS has issued a series of notations in support of critical well testing activities being undertaken by energy operators worldwide to determine the commercial nature of their reservoirs. The importance of well testing to determine the nature of reservoirs has become even more critical lately as ultra deepwater exploration with pre-salt fields now has operators exploring in water depths surpassing 10,000 feet. Not only is the depth a challenge but also the complexity of the reservoir structures.