Industry’s First Managed Pressure Drilling Notation

ABS issued a managed pressure drilling (MPD) notation to Seadrill’s West Capella ultra-deep water drillship, demonstrating system compliance with the ABS Guide for Classification and Certification of Managed Pressure Drilling Systems.

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Class societies are integral to the verification process for offshore assets. ABS acceptance criteria can be applied throughout the life cycle of mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and specialized support vessels.

Just as operators keep pace with changing demands, ABS guidelines for certifying drilling systems adapt to keep pace with industry practices, market needs, scientific advancements and safety innovations. ABS-classed systems perform in operating conditions ranging from frigid, sub-Arctic temperatures to saline environments with highly corrosive water chemistries.

ABS engineers and surveyors are known for the practical experience and technical knowledge they bring to deepwater and ultra deepwater projects. Our solutions-oriented team continues to expand research to address complicated frontier and harsh-environment challenges.

The scope of offshore research ranges from probabilistic analyses of design safety, viability and practicality to approving risk-based inspection programs to maintain and prolong the life of offshore assets. Applied research targeting ultra deep water, high pressure and high temperatures are among hundreds of research programs underway in our five global technology centers and our technology headquarters in Houston.

At ABS, the innovative process never stops.

Electronic Survey Planning

The ABS Nautical Systems (NS) Electronic Survey Planning Document (eSPD) facilitates smarter survey planning through better information sharing in MODU survey execution to minimize nonproductive time. Integrated within the NS Hull Manager, an eSPD provides aggregated survey data in compliance with the Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program (HIMP) affording opportunities for less intrusive surveys and risk-based inspections. 

ABS Jackup Operational Safety Video

The key to safety in jackup operations is constant risk management.