ABS launched the ‘Shuttle Tanker Advisory’ report, explaining what the shuttle tankers are, where do they operate, the challenges that they could face in different regions, their design, other machinery equipment, while also focuses on safety and human factors.
ABS published guidance notes on the use of remote inspection technologies, detailing best practices for their use on class surveys and non-class inspections. The guidance notes cover pilot-operated unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely operated underwater vehicles and robotic crawlers, collectively known as remote inspection technologies (RITS).
Noise and vibration analysis, along with mitigation and measurement can help enhance operational safety as far as personnel task performance, habitability, proper functioning of equipment, and structural integrity at sea, are concerned.
ABS has issued guidance notes to provide direction for the design and analysis of nearshore position mooring systems used for floating structures such as FLGTs, FSRUs, FPSOs and accommodation barges.
Bigger boxships demand a firefighting infrastructure with enhanced capacity explains Matthew Temblay, ABS vice president for containerships. As key for the owners and operators is the ability to protect life and cargo onboard, ABS decided to move forward with the development of a new standard for fire safety.
ABS issued an updated version of its guide for lay-up and reactivation procedures regarding the offshore support vessels. The guide provides stacking information along with guidance for moving rigs back into operation quickly and safely.
ABS has introduced a new service and analysis tool, that is expected to allow atypical cargoes on bulk carriers. The software streamlines loading analysis and provides a safer approach to loading atypical bulk cargo.
ABS has updated its Guide for Fire-Fighting Systems for On-Deck Cargo Areas of Container Carriers, expanding the guidance to the existing container ship fleet. The guide aims to support owners in navigating risks, based on the unique characteristics of each container load, location of the container on the vessel and various firefighting spray patterns.
ABS has facilitated a Polar Code Operational Assessment in terms of the implementation of the IMO Polar Code. Specifically, the assessment identifies operational risks and limitations and was performed with TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company in undersea communications technology, on its cable-laying vessel, Responder.
ABS has issued a Guide for Dropped Object Prevention for Offshore Units and Installations aiming to help minimize risks to personnel safety, the environment and the facility.
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