ABS is the world’s leading offshore classification society, developing standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of offshore and marine assets. Its mission is to serve the public interest as well as the needs of clients by promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment.
Since providing the first classification services to the offshore industry in 1958, ABS has remained at the forefront of setting offshore industry standards and technical guidance. ABS applies an unparalleled level of experience across the sector to assist owners, builders and operators.
As the frontiers of offshore extend into deeper water and more remote and harsh environments, ABS provides technical guidance and practical advice to help meet the evolving technical and operational challenges in the industry.
From its headquarters in Houston and technology centers in Canada, Singapore, China, Brazil, and Korea, ABS engineers are involved in nearly 200 Research and Development (R&D) projects – both independently and with industry and academic partners – in search of ways to push beyond the limits of today’s operations.
Results from R&D work provide data ABS engineers use to develop and enhance the ABS Guides and Rules owners and operators follow to improve the safety of operations.
Through four operating divisions and more than 70 offices strategically placed around the world, ABS provides a global network of skilled surveyors and engineers who support clients from the initial design concept, through the design approval process, during construction and throughout the service life of the asset.