American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Products and Services Vendor Certification and Verification

Approval and Certification for Products and Services

Easy, Efficient Approval and Certification

From service provider approval to materials certification to type approval, ABS offers a wide range of services to support your approval and certification needs. With a long history of providing approval and certification services to both the marine and offshore industries, ABS has the knowledge and experience to assist with virtually any product or service. Our global workforce of accomplished surveyors and engineers deliver unparalleled flexibility and responsiveness to meet all of your approval and certification needs.

ABS also offers remote surveys and remote audits for existing ABS clients of Type Approval, External Specialists, Service Providers, and Equipment and Material Manufacturers. If you are an existing client of ABS and would like to order a remote survey or audit, refer to the guidance below on how to access the ABS Remote Survey platform. You can also watch our webinar for more information about remote surveys and audits for manufacturers and service providers.

Remote Surveys and Audits for Existing ABS Clients

Getting Started with Remote Surveys and Audits

Existing ABS clients with an account can order all eligible surveys and audits remotely for certification after registering for our user friendly, web-based platform. Once the survey or audit requests are submitted along with supporting information, an ABS surveyor reviews the request to ensure all criteria are met, including Flag State approval when necessary. Clients then have the option to interact within a mobile-friendly environment to easily capture and transmit all required videos, images and documentation while onboard in both a connected and disconnected environment that sync seamlessly. Additionally, clients can choose to use the web-based platform to submit all required documentation from an office environment. All of this allows you to order and conduct your remote surveys and audits – Anytime. Anywhere. Any Way.

Quality surveys and audits made easy.

We offer an easy and simple 4-step process to request your remote surveys and audits. 


Additional Resources

Cutsheet: ABS Remote Survey

Approval and Certification Services

Type Approval Services


Material Manufacturers


External Specialists


Service Providers




EU Marine Equipment Directive


EU Mutual Recognition: Manufacturers


Container Certification Services


Periodic Container Inspections






Welding and NDE Testing


Independent Lab for USCG


Statement of Compliance