The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is a classification society, with a mission to promote the security of life, property and the natural environment, primarily through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.
At the end of 2012, ABS was the second largest class society with a classed fleet of nearly 12,000 commercial vessels and offshore facilities. ABS’ core service is the provision of classification services through the development of standards called ABS Rules. These Rules form the basis for assessing the design and construction of new vessels and the integrity of existing vessels and marine structures.
The responsibility of the classification society is to verify that merchant ships and marine structures presented to it comply with Rules that the society has established for design, construction and periodic survey. The classification society records, reports and recommends in accordance with what it has seen at the time of a vessel’s construction and subsequent surveys. The responsibility of the classification society is to verify that marine vessels and offshore structures comply with Rules that the society has established for design, construction and periodic survey.
The classification process includes:
- the development of standards, known as Rules
- technical plan review and design analysis
- surveys during construction
- source inspection of materials, equipment and machinery
- acceptance by the Classification Committee
- subsequent periodic surveys for maintenance of class
- survey of damage, repairs and modifications
ABS makes use of certified Recognised Specialists whereby and external organisation is trained and audited before recognised status is granted. RAI-WA is a certified service provider:
The company Rope Access Inspections (Pty) Ltd., located in Cape Town, South Africa, was audited on Tuesday 11th February 2014 in order to be certified as an Approved External Specialist with designation Hull Gauging Firm, (ESP). The Audit was satisfactorily completed. RAI-WA in conjunction with RAI can perform these surveys on your asset.