Once a manufacturer identifies the need for equipment approval by ABS, the process is executed using the following steps:
Contact ABS Design Review office for submission requirements. A typical submittal package includes:
Upon completion of design review and resolution of any outstanding items, ABS issues a Design Review Letter (DRL). This serves as evidence the equipment design is approved for a specific application.
ABS surveyors verify compliance with items required by the Rules at the manufacturing or fabrication facility. Verification typically includes:
These activities are identified by the ABS surveyor upon review of the inspection and testing plan.
Upon completion of survey activities and with the DRL in hand, the ABS surveyor issues a survey report attesting that the equipment meets the requirements and is accepted for use on the specific ABS vessel.
Access the database of external specialists recognized by ABS to conduct reviews of specified equipment and machinery.
Search for products and equipment that have been certified under the ABS Type Approval program and are eligible for use on ABS-classed vessels.