External Specialists are recognized service providers who perform specialized services at the request of equipment manufacturers, shipyards, vessel’s owners or other clients in connection with classification or statutory services.
The guiding document of ABS Recognized Specialists is IACS Unified Requirement Z17 Procedural Requirements for Service Suppliers.
Available External Specialist Service Types
Procedures for Becoming a Recognized External Specialist
STEP 1: APPLICATION
Submit a signed Request Form to the nearest ABS Survey Office.
STEP 2: DOCUMENTATION REVIEW
The Surveyor-in-Charge will issue a letter outlining the list of documents to be submitted for review.
STEP 3: FACILITY AUDIT
ABS Surveyor audits the specialist’s facility to verify that it is organized and managed in accordance with the submitted documentation and that it is considered capable of conducting the specialties for which approval is sought.
STEP 4: PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION
At initial approvals, the specialist is required to give a practical demonstration of its service in the presence of ABS Surveyors.
At renewal audits, evidence of satisfactory performance verified by class surveyor since the previous audit can be accepted.
If a demonstration cannot be arranged right after the facility audit, the company will be temporarily listed on the ABS website for 3 months with a note “Pending demonstration being accepted and a final certificate issued.”
Demonstration may be carried out on an ABS classed vessel or other arrangements may be considered at the discretion of the local port office. For multiple recognition, each recognition type must have a practical demonstration.
STEP 5: ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE AND WEBSITE LISTING
Upon satisfactory completion of demonstration, the specialist will be issued a certificate valid for three years. The certificate will be listed in the ABS External Specialist database.
ABS Recognized External Specialists are eligible to use the ABS Recognized Specialist logo. The logo can be requested directly from email@example.com or from Port Office that carried out the certification. The logo is to be used for marketing purposes in association with the service type that the specialist has a valid Certification for.
For general inquiries, please contact Corporate ABS Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.