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Rules, Guides & Regulations

The heart of any classification society, Rules and Guides are derived from principles of naval architecture, marine engineering and related disciplines. Currently, ABS has more than 200 Rules, Guides and Guidance Notes available for download or purchase through the online catalog.


ABS maintains an online resource library of ABS Rules and Guides plus various bulletins and databases to keep you informed about new developments.

Materials are available for download free of charge. Select publications are available for purchase through the ABS online catalog.

Information available includes:

Rules & Guides

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Regulatory News

Find the latest information on regulatory requirements and notices related to the marine and offshore industry.

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ABS Record

Access information on vessels and assets in the ABS-classed fleet.

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