Cookie Policy

Last Updated: May 23, 2018

In order to provide better service and to address security hazards, the American Bureau of Shipping, or ABS, uses cookies. A cookie is a small piece of information that a website stores on your web browser or your PC and can later retrieve. Cookies are very common, and are used to improve how a website works. Cookies contain information that can be used on particular sites and to tailor a visitor’s experience on the website or provide data that can be used for analysis by our web servers.

Cookies cannot be read by a website other than the one that set the cookie. Most cookies only last through a single session or visit to our site. No cookie will contain information that will enable anyone to contact you via telephone, email or any other means.

This website may use cookies to monitor website usage. This statistical information allows us to manage and develop our website(s), for example to improve usability, or measure the popularity of a given web page. The information gathered does not identify you personally. Cookies cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites or damage your system.

You can set up your web browser to inform you when cookies are set or to prevent cookies from being set. Please note that if you have chosen to disable cookies on your browser, your use of the ABS website might be limited.  For more information about cookies, please see

We use cookies that allow us to view:

  • The date and time that you visit our site
  • The Internet browser and operating system of your computer or device that accesses our site
  • The Internet domain and Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you access our website
  • If you visited our website from another website, the address of that website
  • If you were referred to our website from a search engine, the address of that website and the search term you used to find us
  • The pages you visit on our site.

The following cookies are set on your computer after your consent:

Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager: _utma, _utmt, _utmb, _utmc and _utmz. For more information about these cookies, please see:

YouTube cookies: Pref, Visitor_Info1_Live, YSC. These cookies are used to determine your bandwidth to ensure proper video playback, keep statistics on how you use YouTube videos across different websites, and registers a unique IP to keep statistics on videos you’ve seen. For more information about these cookies, please see

On many of our pages we also use a tracking script from Act-On. Please see these pages for explanations about these cookies.

You can easily remove any cookies that have been created in the cookie folder of your browser, in effect removing the cookies that have been set by deleting the cookies in your browser(s). 

Registration and completing forms

You may be asked to provide personal information such as your name, address, telephone number when you complete a form to make an enquiry, RSVP for an event or download information.

Any information gathered will only be used to complete your request unless specifically stated on a particular form.

Information provided by you will be handled in accordance with the relevant jurisdiction’s data protection legislation. We maintain strict security standards and procedures with a view to preventing unauthorized access to your data by anyone, including our employees.

Data for direct marketing

At each point of data collection you are given the opportunity to opt-in to the receiving direct marketing activity. Where individuals opt-in to such communication, we may provide information on:

  • Services and products that may be of interest
  • Subscription to our email alerts and newsletters
  • Event registration
  • Changes and improvements to the website.

Should you decide to change your mind on receiving such communications, please visit our ABS Preference Center to unsubscribe from any or all communications.

Transfer of data/sharing

We will not disclose your personal information unless we are obliged to do so or are otherwise permitted to do so by applicable law. Should this be the case, we will ensure that the processing is in line with applicable data protection legislation in place.

Amend/update information

If you believe that any information held by us about you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to our online marketing team at Any information which is found to be incorrect will be corrected as soon as possible.

Other web sites

Our website may contain links to other websites which are outside our control and are not covered by this privacy statement.

The operators of these sites may collect information from you which will be used by them in accordance with their privacy policy, which may differ from ours.

Notification of changes to the Privacy Statement

We may change the content of service found on our site at any time without notice and consequently our privacy policy may change at any time in the future.

Access rights

You have the right to access personal data that is held about you. To obtain a copy of the personal information we hold about you, or delete your information in our file, please write to