As part of its mission to serve the public interest as well as the needs of members and clients by promoting offshore safety and security, ABS recently convened the inaugural meeting of the ABS Offshore Equipment Advisory Committee.
Advancement in the offshore oil and gas industry depends on equipment and its increasing ability to tolerate extreme temperatures, high pressures and demanding operating conditions.
ABS approves equipment used for offshore drilling and production, including drilling equipment, hydrocarbon processing equipment, safety-related equipment, general machinery, electrical components, main components of offshore engines and their safety devices, and other equipment, material and components used in offshore operations.
There are three ways for equipment manufacturers to meet Rule requirements:
ABS also publishes approved lists for a broad spectrum of products required by ABS Rules for classification, such as welding consumables and filler materials. Lists also are available for ABS-approved manufacturing facilities, such as steel and pipe mills, anchor and mooring chains, aluminum producers, and casting and forging facilities. Approved products and facilities are listed in the Approved Products & Manufacturers database.
Through its structured approval process, ABS supports technical innovation and improved operational efficiency across the offshore energy industry.