ABS advises on data quality for marine and offshore applications

As modern marine vessels and offshore units are equipped with various functionalities for structural and machinery health monitoring, efficiency monitoring, and operational performance management and optimization, the collection of data is carried out through sensors and onboard instrumentation in order to analyze data and provide health and condition awareness, operational and crew assistance, and operational optimization. ABS issued an Advisory paper on data quality for marine and offshore applications.

Guide on container’s certification for safely securing cargoes

ABS has issued a guide for the certification of container securing systems advising that when special containers are used for unique cargoes that have reduced or increased load capacities, limitations should be considered when stowing them onboard ship and when determining permissible tier and container stack weights.

ABS sets the way for lower-carbon emission shipping

Apart from the ambitious target of the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap set by the IMO, shipowners and operators must also take into considerations the greenhouse gas targets for 2030 and the emissions goals for 2050. ABS informs that the regulatory changes set for 2020, as well as those expected for 2030 and 2050, will be “more disruptive than any past environmental regulations.”

Cyber security guidance for equipment manufacturers

Given cyber risks pose a great challenge to the shipping industry and the supply chain, ABS issued a Guide for suppliers to be able to manage cyber risks within their products, while also presents the requirements for equipment compliance, based on ABS’s ABS CyberSafety® program.

ABS specifies requirements for “LNG cargo ready” vessels

ABS issued guidance specifying their requirements for obtaining the class notation “LNG Cargo Ready”, to be applied to liquefied gas carriers as Ethane or Ethylene carriers, that have been designed and constructed for possible future carriage of LNG cargo. 

ABS issues amended guide on ballast water treatment

ABS launched its amended “Guide for Ballast Water Treatment” in order to include provisions from the Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS Code) (2018) and other supporting IMO documents.

Fuel cell systems: Guidance on design, evaluation, construction

ABS launched a guide providing recommendations and guidance to all interested parties about fuel cell systems in the marine and offshore industries for the design, evaluation, and construction of support systems for use of fuel cells on ships and may be applied to all types of vessels, as well as their benefits, such as increased efficiency, low to zero emissions and also reduced noise levels.

World’s largest floating wind turbine to start operations

The largest floating wind turbine in the world, an 8.4-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine, is about to be installed 20 kilometers off the coast of Viana do Castello, Portugal. It is the first of three SEMI Submersible Type units designed by Principle Power housing MHI Vestas turbines that will make up for a total of 25 MWs of floating offshore wind power. 

IT/OT cyber security solution introduced for marine and offshore operations

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group) and digital transformation leader Atos announced plans to develop the industry’s first full-service Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) cyber security solution to reduce cyber risk across the global marine and offshore energy supply chain.


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