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.
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.
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.”
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 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 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.
Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, highlighted the future of marine fuels in the shipping industry, stating that in order to achieve the 2050 goals the industry needs better and improved technology.
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.
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.
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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