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ABS continues to lead marine and offshore innovation. In a constantly evolving industry, ABS works alongside its partners tackling the most pressing technical, operational and regulatory challenges so that the marine and offshore industries operate safely, securely and responsibly.


Top Industry Challenges

  • Cybersecurity and software quality
  • Material and component failures knowledge resource
  • Machinery, systems and structural health
  • New survey technologies
  • Ballast water management
  • Shaft alignment
  • Noise reduction
  • Hull and propulsion improvements
  • Crew safety


ABS and its industry and university partners are expediting innovation through collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Research conducted through joint industry projects and university partnerships targets technologies to support the future of classification, which will be continuous and more condition-risk-based. Among the critical technologies under study are sensors and autonomous inspection, materials innovation and nanotechnology.  


ABS supported endowed academic chairs at eight campuses worldwide:

  • Chair of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and ABS Chair of Marine Transportation at the State University of New York Maritime College
  • School of Maritime Policy and Management at California Maritime
  • Chair of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Colorado School of Mines
  • Chair in Ocean Engineering at University of California Berkeley
  • Professor in Marine and Offshore Design Performance at University of Michigan
  • Chair of Naval Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Chair in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Webb Institute


CyberSecurity and Software Quality

Increased connectivity heightens the risk of cyber threats, so cyber security, software quality and data integrity are key components in providing functional compliance and operational integrity to mitigate the elevated risks.