From its inception in 1862, promoting safety has been the core commitment of the ABS.

What We Do

The responsibility of the classification society is to verify that marine vessels and offshore structures comply with Rules that the society has established for design, construction and periodic survey.

The classification process includes:

  • Development of standards, known as Rules
  • Technical plan review and design analysis
  • Surveys during construction
  • Source inspection of materials, equipment and machinery
  • Acceptance by the Classification Committee
  • Subsequent periodic surveys for maintenance of class
  • Survey of damage, repairs and modifications


ABS recognizes that the classification world is changing with more emphasis on complex structures, life cycle management, unified standards and safety equivalencies.

At ABS, we are dedicated to providing leadership in the development of new technologies and practical solutions to improve the safety standards for the marine and offshore industries.


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