Mainly, the company released a guidance aiming to help shipyards and barge operators.


The Guide provides requirements for the design and construction of barges equipped with various degrees of automation, remote control and monitoring of essential systems supporting cargo management.

The barges may be unattended and controlled primarily from the towing vessel’s navigation bridge.

Also, the company supports that liquefied gas tank barges are key to help expand the LNG supply chain and advance adoption of LNG as fuel.

Patrick Janssens, Vice President, ABS Global Gas Solutions, addressed

We are focused on developing practical guidance and solutions that respond to the challenges faced by owners and operators while ushering in new concepts and advancing the latest technologies.

Concluding, the Guide aims to be used in along with the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Barges, ABS Rules for Building and Classing Marine Vessels and the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways.

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