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Service Suppliers




Be Recognized and Certified as an ABS Service Supplier 

Service suppliers provide specialized capabilities to equipment manufacturers, shipyards, shipowners, or other clients to support classification and/or statutory surveys, equipment manufacturing, inspection, testing and maintenance activities.


Benefits of ABS Service Supplier Recognition

  • Demonstrates commitment to safety and quality

  • Readily searchable in the ABS Global Service Supplier Database

  • Expands market visibility to worldwide customer network

  • Demonstrates conformity to recognized industry standards and applicable ABS Rules

  • Validates competencies and capabilities


List of Services Types

I. Classification and Statutory Categories (Guided by IACS UR Z17)

  • Automatic Identification Systems

  • Cable Transit Seal Systems Inspection

  • Fire Extinguishing Equipment and Systems

  • Hull Gauging and ESP Hull Gauging

  • Inflatable Life Raft, Inflatable Lifejacket, Inflatable Rescue Boat, Hydrostatic Release Service Stations and Marine Evacuation System

  • In-Water Survey by Divers and/or Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

  • Inspection of Low Location Lighting Systems

  • Maintenance, thorough Examination, Operational Testing, Overhaul and Repair of Lifeboats and Rescue Boats, Launching Appliances and Release Gear

  • Measurements of Noise Level On Board Ships

  • Radio Communication Equipment

  • Remote Inspection Techniques by Drones, ROVs, Unmanned Robotic Arms, Climbers and Other Means

  • Ro/ro Ships’ Bow, Stern, Side and Inner Doors Examination

  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and Emergency Escape Breathing Devices

  • Shore-Based Maintenance of Satellite Emergency Position Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

  • Sound Pressure Level Measurements of Public Address and General Alarm Systems On Board Ships

  • Testing of Coating Systems

  • Tightness Testing of Closing Appliances

  • Tightness Testing of Primary and Secondary Barriers of LNG Carriers

  • Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) and Simplified VDR

  • Biological Testing of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS)

  • Inventory of Hazardous Materials


New categories and services are frequently added on a case-by-case basis.

II. Classification Categories (Required by ABS Rules and Guides)


  • Ambient Environmental Testing (Noise Testing, Lighting Testing, Whole Body Vibration, Indoor Climate Testing)
  • Condition Monitoring
  • ABS CyberSafety® Services*
  • Dropped Objects Inspection
  • In-Service Hull Stability Verification
  • Integrated Software Quality Management (ISQM)*
  • Nondestructive Test (NDT), Nondestructive Inspection (NDI) and Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE)
  • Pressure Vessel Manufacturers*
  • Smart Functions*
  • Underwater Noise Measurement

New categories and services are frequently added on a case-by-case basis.

II. Other Categories 

  • Asset Layup and Reactivation

  • Home Office and Agents ISO9001 Certification*

  • Inspection and Maintenance Services

  • Manufacturing Supporting Activities

  • Offshore Facility Monitoring

  • Polar Code

  • Testing Laboratory


New categories and services are frequently added on a case-by-case basis.

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