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ABS Classes First Very Large Ethane Carrier

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, is pleased to confirm that the ABS-classed Ethane Crystal, the world’s first Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC), has been delivered to India’s Reliance Industries Ltd. by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) of South Korea.

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A Legacy of Gas Carrier Leadership

ABS is the world’s premier classification society for carriers with more than 50 years of experience building and classing gas carriers of every type and size and specializing in the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Shipowners and operators take confidence in the knowledge that carriers classed by ABS are held to the highest standards of safety, regulatory compliance and construction quality. Our novel containment designs and intuitive software tools are employed in carriers around the globe.

Going beyond classification services, ABS joins forces with partners in the carrier fleet to develop innovative solutions for efficient, environmentally responsible gas transportation systems.


For more than 50 years, ABS has classed LPG and LNG carriers – including the first conversion of a cargo vessel to carry LPG, the first purpose-built LNG carrier and the first Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC). Building on teamwork and applying our unrelenting drive to reimagine gas transportation solutions for the next generation of shipping, ABS is a trailblazer for the entire industry.


Vessel Performance

As energy costs continue to rise, owners and operators must find safe and practical solutions to improve vessel performance. ABS specialists assist clients in identifying the right solution for their needs.

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Energy Efficiency

By necessity, the shipping industry is adopting a more energy-efficient transportation model. ABS is providing guidance and aids ship owners and operators to make informed decisions along the way.

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Marine Services

With more than 200 million gross tons under ABS class, our global team of surveyors, engineers and technical specialist are prepared to help with any project, any time, any place.

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