American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Products and Services

Products and Services

Products and Services


From its world headquarters in Houston, ABS delivers services and solutions to a worldwide client list through a network of local representative offices in 70 countries. 


We offer customizable services for all vessel types, including containerships, tankers and bulk carriers that include design analysis, plan review and approval. In addition, we now offer powerful ship inspection and maintenance management software to be placed in the office and on board all newbuild vessels contracted to ABS class.

Offshore Energy

We were the first class society to venture into offshore oil and gas operations, certifying the world’s first mobile offshore drilling unit in 1958. Today, we are a global leader in classifying offshore exploration units and floating production units.

Gas Solutions

ABS is the market leader in offshore unit classification, and sets the standard for the world’s largest, most advanced liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered ships. ABS is the world’s premier classification society for carriers specializing in the transport of LNG and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). 

Asset Performance

We offer asset performance with services that help optimize your operations, environmental performance, environmental efficiency and vessel performance.  Our Nautical Systems provides software and services that focus on management of maintenance, workforce and supply chain.

Type Approval

When we grant ABS Type Approval for a product, a manufacturer obtains an immediate range of benefits, including reduced administration and potentially greater market penetration. 

Global Government

ABS provides trusted technical advisory services for government vessels anywhere around the globe. Our team delivers unequaled experience accumulated over 100 years of work with the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and other government ship owners supporting uninterrupted global force projection, law enforcement, research, survey, and logistics operations. ABS is the world’s most experienced and largest Government class organization, with more than 200 classed government vessels.

Environmental Performance

As responsible stewards of the environment, shipowners and shipbuilders must be mindful of domestic, international and industry environmental requirements. Many environmental regulations impact maritime transportation and the marine offshore industry.

Vessel Performance

Energy costs are rising. Environmental impact reports are receiving more scrutiny. New industry regulations are streaming down at break-neck speed. Now, more than ever, maritime operators are looking to get ahead of the regulatory curve, lower fuel consumption and improve energy operations throughout their fleets. ABS’ Asset Performance Management (APM) team is here to assist our clients address the ever growing environmental regulations and performance metric requirements of today toward optimum resource efficiency.  

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.