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ABS Issues Shuttle Tanker Advisory

ABS published its Advisory on Shuttle Tankers, providing an overview of shuttle tanker design and operation. It discusses regional considerations, class and statutory requirements, and new technologies that have already started to impact the shuttle tanker market.

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Global Leader in Tanker Classification

Tankers play an integral role in global energy transportation. ABS classes tankers of all sizes and specialities.

As the world’s leading class organization for the tanker market, ABS offers tested practical and technical experience to tanker owners and operators through the duration of a vessel’s life cycle. ABS has an extensive history in tanker classification and related services.

For new construction projects, ABS engineers and surveyors work closely with an owner’s technical staff and their selected shipyard to satisfy compliance with ABS’ construction and operation standards and other applicable regulations.

A network of more than 2,000 ABS engineers, surveyors and operational support staff are located around the world to assist the ABS-classed tanker fleet – the largest proportion of ABS’ total fleet – and deliver efficient, practical and responsive service throughout a tanker’s life cycle.

With the Rapid Response Damage Assessment program (RRDA), ABS has a global organized team of engineers, naval architects, master mariners and support staff that provide 24/7 report.

And as oil transportation technology evolves, so do the range of our services and solutions for the ABS-classed tanker fleet. ABS offers many resources, including Rules and Guides, for tankers. ABS is also helping industry advance new technologies that promote smart functionality, energy efficiency and sustainability.

ABS also offers a wide range of advisory services related to tankers. Whether it's ballast water management, the IMO Global Sulphur Cap, the inventory of hazardous materials or another challenge, our team of technical specialists can provide shipowners with valuable guidance to improve performance across their fleet and meet regulatory requirements. We stand ready to serve.

ABS CHEM Software


The ABS CHEM software enables a chemical tanker owner or operator to quickly determine whether their vessel is suitable to carry a specific type of chemical.

As regulations change, ABS CHEM software is designed to keep pace, ensuring requirements are maintained and up-to-date, which makes it simpler to gain and maintain certification and understand exactly which chemicals can be carried or not.