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American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

Founded in 1862, ABS is a global leader in providing classification services for marine and offshore assets.


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The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is a global classification society headquartered in Houston, Texas, United States. It was founded in 1862 with the mission to promote the security of life, property, and the natural environment. ABS provides comprehensive services in the field of marine and offshore classification, verification, engineering, and safety. It offers classification services for ships, offshore structures, and facilities, ensuring compliance with industry standards, regulations, and rules. The company also provides technical advisory and consulting services to support asset owners and operators in optimizing performance and safety. ABS operates globally, with a network of offices and surveyors in over 70 countries. It has established several notable subsidiaries and partnerships to broaden its service offerings and strengthen its presence in various regions. Some significant subsidiaries include ABS Group, which provides risk management and advisory solutions, and ABS Nautical Systems, offering fleet management software solutions. ABS also collaborates with industry and government organizations worldwide to develop and advance maritime safety and sustainability initiatives. As a leading classification society, ABS holds a strong market position globally. It has a solid reputation for its technical expertise, rigorous standards, and commitment to innovation. ABS continuously invests in research and development to ensure its services remain at the forefront of industry needs. Noteworthy events in ABS's history include the acquisition of the Marine Division of Failure Analysis Associates (now ABS Group) in 2002, which expanded its capabilities in risk management and safety services. In recent years, ABS has focused on digital transformation and has introduced several initiatives such as remote survey technologies and advanced data analytics to enhance its offerings and improve operational efficiency. As of the latest available information, ABS remains a trusted and respected classification society, actively contributing to the maritime industry's safety, sustainability, and innovation. It continues to adapt to changing industry needs and regulations to provide value-added services to its global client base.


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