This new framework will be an industry first D&D ecosystem between class, shipyard and ship service company.

It also enables HHI, HGS and ABS to support alternative means of compliance with new remote survey capabilities using the newly commissioned ABS Remote Decision Support Center, supported by HHI and HGS’ technology and services.


Moreover, the new framework will allow for identification of new technologies, designs, fuels, and simulation techniques for mutual clients. The ultimate goal is to set out a lifecycle partnership from the design of the ship to the steel cutting and to post-delivery of assets.

Under the framework, HHI, HGS, and ABS, describe the need for the development of new cyber security standards. Communications companies which specialize in data transmission, which include HGS’s satellite connections, will seek a proprietary data infrastructure standard, in order to support data exchange, integration, and analysis for classification and non-class purposes.

The new framework will be applied to ABS classed vessels being designed and constructed by HHI and sold with HGS lifecycle services.

According to the new and innovative D&D concepts, HHI, HGS and ABS will collaborate to advance the state of vessel design. Possibilities vary from alternative fuels to options for all-electric vessels.

Finally, joint techno-economic analyses focusing on systems integration will lead to 'future proofed' designs to be constructed by HHI and HGS and classed by ABS.