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.
ABS recently collaborated with industry experts and discussed the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, with the goal of assuring that Rule requirements align with industry needs.
ABS issued a recommendation guide for the design and installation of drag anchors and plate anchors for offshore service. The guide includes notes for the site investigation, methodologies for geotechnical design and structural assessment and installation and testing recommendations for drag anchors and plate anchors as well.
ABS is providing resources that could improve safety on containerships with the enhanced Guide for Certification of Container Securing Systems and new companion software, ABS C-LASH™.
ABS has published the ABS Guide for Habitability of Industrial Personnel on Accommodation Vessels which establishes criteria for improving the living environment and ambient environment on board accommodation vessels.
ABS has issued guidance notes regarding the LGC Storage Service. This Guide is applicable to liquefied gas carriers that may for certain periods be used for storage service while they maintain their appropriate liquefied gas carrier classification.
The ABS has issued Jacking Survey Guide to establish minimum requirements for inspection of Rack and Pinion jacking gear at Special Periodical Survey of Hull for Self-Elevating Drilling Units.
ABS has been approved by the American Waterways Operators (AWO) to carry out audits of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP), a safety management system for tugboat, towboat and barge companies that requires AWO member companies to undergo periodic management and vessel audits conducted by an independent third party.
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