Approved Service Provider Certification

Certification for Service Providers to Manufacturers

This voluntary certification is specifically applicable to qualified service providers who offer specialized services that support and enhance in-process manufacturing activities. 


  • Service suppliers must actively maintain a quality management system. A valid ISO 9001 Certification is preferred. Equivalency may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Examples of services: inspection, installation, machining, maintenance, welding, testing, laser peening, refurbishing and in-process activities.


  • Demonstration of conformity to recognized industry standards and applicable ABS Rules.
  • Advantage in market competition by proving your quality management processes.
  • Boost reputation among equipment manufacturers, shipyards and vessel operators seeking the service capability.
  • Certificates are listed in the ABS Approved Service Provider database, searchable by worldwide clients.

To apply for Approved Service Provider Certification, please contact Corporate ABS Programs at

STEP 01 Complete the Service Provider to Manufacturer application and submit a signed copy to the nearest port office. 
STEP 02 Documentation review
STEP 03 Facility audit
STEP 04 Practical demonstration
STEP 05 Satisfactory reporting
STEP 06 Issuance of certificate, valid for 5 years, subject to annual audits

If your firm performs Non-Destructive Examination activities in support of surveys on ABS classed vessels, this is outside the scope of this service. Instead, please submit this form to apply for ABS External Specialist Certification. ABS maintains an Approved Material Manufacturers database which contains approvals. If your firm is a steel mill, heat treatment facility, welding consumable manufacturer, aluminum mill, casting facility, forges and foundry, or some process approval specific to material fabrication, these are also outside the scope of the Service. Instead please contact your ABS port office to apply for an ABS Materials Manufacturer Certification.

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