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ABS Expands India Office, Plans To Recruit Technology Staff
Monday, August 01, 2016ABS expands office in India to recruit technology staff to support business growth.

ABS, Keppel's KOMtech Collaborate on Joint Development Projects
Tuesday, June 28, 2016ABS and Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre (KOMtech) collaborate on joint development projects in areas such as special purpose rigs, data analytics and subsea technology.

McDermott Joins 14 Other Offshore Firms to Establish Industry Standards
Thursday, May 19, 2016McDermott joins 14 other offshore companies to establish engineering industry standards.

ABS Approves HHI's FLNG Hull Design
Tuesday, April 12, 2016ABS grants approval in principal to Hyundai Heavy Industries for the latter's floating liquefied natural gas hull design.

ABS Grants AIP for New FPSO Design, Construction Concept
Friday, November 06, 2015ABS grants AIP to Mitsui for a new FPSO vessel design and construction concept.

Japan's MES Develops Next Generation Hull Platform for FPSO
Friday, September 18, 2015Japan's Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co has developed the next generation hull platform for floating production, storage and offloading facility for the offshore oil industry.

OTC 2015: ABS Launches New Asset Integrity Management Service
Wednesday, May 06, 2015Marine technical services firm ABS Group releases a new offshore Asset Integrity Management service focused on driving profitability for asset owners and operators.

ABS Certification Process on FPSO Armada Perdana Delays Oyo-8 Production
Wednesday, April 01, 2015CAMAC says oil production from Oyo-8 well offshore Nigeria has been delayed due to American Bureau of Shipping certification process on FPSO Armada Perdana.

Jackup Safety: Q&A with ABS
Monday, March 02, 2015Rigzone talks to David Forsyth – chief surveyor at the American Bureau of Shipping – about jackup safety.

ABS Grants Approval-in-Principle for HHI's Next-Generation Drillship Design
Wednesday, January 21, 2015ABS grants approval-in-principle for Hyundai Heavy Industries' next-generation HD12000 heavy duty, wide beam drillship design.

ABS, DSME to Jointly Develop the Industry's First LNG Fueled Drillship
Thursday, July 03, 2014ABS partners Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering to develop the industry's first liquefied natural gas fueled drillship.

ABS Bags FLNG Classification Contract from Petronas
Tuesday, May 06, 2014ABS bags a classification contract from Petronas for the Malaysian national oil company's second floating liquefied natural gas facility.

ABS Creates Arctic Technical Committee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009Comprised of prominent industry representatives active in harsh environments, the ABS Arctic Technical Advisory Committee has been chartered to evaluate and review proposed changes to the ABS Rules and Guides that pertain to Arctic operations.

ABS Creates Harsh Environment Technology Center in Newfoundland
Tuesday, October 06, 2009ABS has partnered with Memorial University of Newfoundland to take the lead in offshore research and development to create a safer working environment for those employed in harsh conditions in the Arctic region.

Yuri Korchagin Ice-Class FSO Ready to Deploy in Caspian
Wednesday, September 02, 2009The first ice-class FSO to be completed and deployed for service in the Caspian Sea is to be issued ABS classification.

ABS Gives Preliminary Approval to 2nd Offshore Gas to Liquids Concept
Tuesday, May 26, 2009ABS has now issued an Approval in Principle for a second floating Gas to Liquids concept and is currently involved with the review of several additional GTL concepts from leading energy operators.

ABS Reviews Newbuild, Converted Offshore LNG Projects
Tuesday, May 26, 2009ABS is currently involved with the review of or being considered for the selected class society for several groundbreaking Floating LNG and Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit concepts.

ABS Introduces New Management in Europe, Asia
Monday, May 18, 2009Effective July 1, ABS will introduce new senior management in its Europe and Pacific divisions.

Petrobras Taps ABS to Class First Newbuild Jackups in 25 Years
Monday, May 04, 2009ABS has been selected to class the first newbuild jackups for Petrobras in 25 years.

ABS Approves Petrobras MPSO Design for GOM Environment
Monday, May 04, 2009Class society ABS has provided its basic design approval for Petrobras' MPSO intended for ultra-deepwater operation in the Gulf of Mexico.

ABS Adopts New Structural Requirements for FPSO Conversions, Newbuilds
Monday, May 04, 2009ABS has adopted new structural requirements for the evaluation of converted floating production, storage and offloading units.

ABS Extends Offshore Structure Assessment Program to TLPs, Spars
Monday, May 04, 2009ABS unveiled its ABS Eagle Offshore Structure Assessment Program (OSAP) Version 2.0 at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, TX, this week.

ABS Reports Strong 2008, Prepares for More Challenging Times
Friday, May 01, 2009ABS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Robert D. Somerville called 2008 a "successful, challenging and extraordinary" year, stemming from a record classed fleet, a record orderbook and continued solid financial performance.

Norwegian Maritime Directorate Recognizes ABS MODU Rules
Thursday, February 26, 2009The maritime authority of Norway, the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, has extended its authorization to class society ABS to include Mobile Offshore Drilling Units in its scope as a Recognized Organization.

ABS Strengthens Materials Capabilities with New Engineering Team
Friday, December 05, 2008ABS has strengthened its technical and engineering capabilities in this area with the appointment of a global materials engineering team.

ABS Names Chand Director of Offshore Technology
Wednesday, November 12, 2008Leading offshore classification society ABS has named Sudheer Chand Director of Offshore Technology.

ABS Marks 60 Years Serving Brazilian Shipping, Offshore Industries
Tuesday, November 11, 2008ABS has marked the 60th anniversary of its activities providing classification services to the Brazilian shipping and offshore industries.

ABS to Class Pilot FPSO for Tupi Field Offshore Brazil
Wednesday, October 29, 2008ABS has been selected to class the pilot floating production, storage and offloading unit for the Tupi field in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil.

Noble Inks Drillship Deals with South Korea, ABS to Class First Vessel
Wednesday, October 29, 2008Noble has signed contracts for the construction of the first of a new series of harsh environment, dynamically positioned, ultra-deepwater drillships, and ABS will class the new vessel.

Jubilee Field's FPSO Slated for Completion in 2010
Wednesday, October 29, 2008ABS was selected to class the first FPSO for Tullow's Jubilee oil project off the coast of Ghana. Part of the field's phase one development, the FPSO is slated for completion in 2010.

ABS Appoints Grove as Pacific Division's President and COO
Wednesday, July 16, 2008ABS has appointed Todd Grove to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of the society’s Pacific Division in Singapore.

ABS Sees Renewed Interest in Floating Concepts for Handling Stranded Gases
Thursday, December 06, 2007ABS says it is seeing a resurgence of interest in floating solutions for the transportation of natural gas aimed at capturing "stranded" gas reserves around the world.

Soehanah First Drilling Rig to Earn Habitability Notation
Wednesday, September 05, 2007ABS has classed many of these jackups. Howevever, what makes this rig special is that it is the first mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) to receive ABS' habitability notation, HAB+.

ABS Sweeps Series of Semisubs
Wednesday, September 05, 2007The TDS-2500 column stabilized drilling unit for Brazil's drilling contractor, Delba Maritima, will be classed by ABS.

ABS Certifies Modec's HSE Program
Tuesday, June 12, 2007The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has certified that MODEC's Corporate Health Safety and Environment (HSE) Management System complies with the requirements of the International Safety Management Code.

ABS Reports Record Fleet, Successful Year
Wednesday, April 25, 2007A very active newbuilding market, an expanding fleet and a significant number of older vessels undergoing survey to extend their service life in the buoyant market, led to 2006 being the most active year ever in the long history of ABS.

YRS Wins Newbuild Pipelay Vessel Contract
Tuesday, April 17, 2007Yantai Raffles Shipyard Limited (YRS) has received a contract from Saipem (43% owned by Eni), for the design and construction of an Iced Strengthened Pipe Lay Vessel of DP3 class

ABS Supports Singapore's Science and Technology Initiatives
Monday, March 26, 2007ABS has extended its commitment to marine and offshore education and research with the signing of an MOU with the Centre for Offshore Research and Engineering (CORE) at the National University of Singapore.

Former ABS President Joins Rowan's Board
Friday, January 19, 2007Rowan Companies, Inc. appointed Robert E. Kramek to its Board of Directors effective Jan. 18, 2007.

ABS Appoints Richardson Vice President Energy Development
Tuesday, December 19, 2006ABS has named Ken Richardson to the position of Vice President Energy Development effective January 1, 2007. Richardson replaces William J. Sember who has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer ABS Europe.

Sember Named President and COO of ABS Europe
Monday, November 27, 2006ABS has named William J. Sember to the position of President and Chief Operating Office for one of its three divisions, ABS Europe, effective January 1, 2007.

Duffy & McGovern to Add 20 Cabins to Rental Fleet
Monday, August 07, 2006Global offshore accommodation provider Duffy and McGovern Accommodation Services (DMAS) said that it is responding to increased activity in the Gulf of Mexico by investing $4 million producing offshore cabins for the U.S. market.

ABS Releases Guidelines for Composite Materials
Monday, May 02, 2005ABS' release today at OTC of its guidelines for the use of composite materials on offshore structures is expected to facilitate industry consideration of alternatives to costly steel in the development of mooring systems and risers, says Ernesto Valenzuela, Offshore Technology Development Manager, ABS.

ABS Approve in Principle Ocean LNG Tank & Carrier Design
Tuesday, November 30, 2004Class society ABS has issued Approval In Principle (AIP) to a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank containment system and carrier design developed by Houston-based Ocean LNG Inc.

ABS To Class First Offshore LNG Deepwater Port Buoy
Wednesday, March 10, 2004ABS classification services are helping to make industry's first step in offshore LNG development both safe and efficient, as operators seek to apply offshore technology—traditionally used in the offloading of oil—to innovations for gas transfer in a marine environment.

Grove Appointed ABS Americas President
Monday, March 08, 2004ABS has named Todd Grove President of its ABS Americas Division effective May 1, 2004. He will replace Robert E. Kramek who, as previously announced, will assume the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of ABS at that time.