ABS Remote Survey

New Flexibility for Vessels and Offshore Facilities

ABS continues to pioneer new ways for smarter, efficient, thorough and safe surveying experience to minimize operational interruptions. With ABS Remote Survey, clients can now have 24-hour worldwide coverage from our global network of surveyors.

ABS Remote Survey augments the traditional surveying process by performing surveys without an ABS surveyor’s physical attendance for select surveys. Managing asset costs, reducing down time, and improving scheduling efficiencies in the marine and offshore industry requires fresh solutions to optimize operational performance while maintaining safety and quality. 

Our global workforce of accomplished surveyors and engineers delivers unparalleled flexibility and responsiveness to meet the real-time needs of our clients. Surveying has routinely required eye-witness verification aboard a vessel. However, advances in remote technology, intuitive mobile applications, quick photo documentation, and a connected globe via the internet afford surveyors flexible opportunities to review surveys and collaborate with owners from anywhere at any time.

The ABS Remote Survey program augments traditional survey through the transfer of digital documentation such as reports, photos, and videos for non-attendance verification of select surveys. Adoption of this program reduces surveyor logistical costs, and improve scheduling efficiencies to diminish operational disruptions. With ABS Remote Survey you can meet Rule requirements by completing surveys on time without physical surveyor attendance for seven survey types. All requests are subject to ABS review and acceptance on a case-by case basis.


Our global workforce of accomplished surveyors and engineers delivers unparalleled flexibility and responsiveness to meet the real-time needs of our clients. Surveying has routinely required eye-witness verification aboard a vessel. However, advances in remote technology, intuitive mobile applications, quick photo documentation, and a connected globe via the internet afford surveyors flexible opportunities to review surveys and collaborate with owners from anywhere at any time.

The ABS Remote Survey program augments traditional survey through the transfer of digital documentation such as reports, photos, and videos for non-attendance verification of select surveys. Adoption of this program reduces surveyor logistical costs, and improve scheduling efficiencies to diminish operational disruptions. With ABS Remote Survey you can meet Rule requirements by completing surveys on time without physical surveyor attendance for seven survey types. All requests are subject to ABS review and acceptance on a case-by case basis.

 

Remote Survey Types

A vessel that has been issued valid Concurrent Load Line Certificates and has had assignments permanently marked under a surveyor’s oversight may be eligible for remote surveys with authorization from the vessel’s Flag Administration. In the past, a surveyor was needed to attend when a request was made to change between freeboard assignments. With the ABS Remote Survey Program, verification that the non-associated marks are painted out (obliterated) and that the new marks are painted in a sharply contrasting color can be achieved remotely. If found satisfactory, the remote survey will also ensure the certificates not in use will be placed in a secure location.

In the past, a surveyor was needed to attend when a request was made to postpone Auxiliary Boilers Survey due date. With the ABS Remote Survey Program, external overall examination of the boiler, both examination and operational tests for safety valve relieving gear (easing gear) and boiler’s protective devices (alarms and shutdowns), as well as records review, can be achieved remotely. A vessel that has complied with ABS MVR 7-7-1/11 with valid Class Certificates may be eligible for remote surveys with authorization from the vessel’s Flag Administration. If found satisfactory, the remote survey will grant an up to three (3) months extension.

Only vessels maintaining a PMP notation are eligible for remote Continuous Machinery Surveys (CMS). Preventative Maintenance activities are performed by the crew or a designated party. Vessel maintenance intervals and tasks will follow OEM recommendations or documented operator experience. Through ABS Remote Survey, the owner or operator can provide documentation to ABS for each machinery part item and receive credit without physical ABS Surveyor attendance.

Any vessel with a Tail Shaft survey is eligible for remote survey. An extension of up to three months may be granted by the surveyor when endorsed by the Chief Engineer. Tail Shaft survey extensions are composed of a visual inspection of all accessible parts of the shafting system, verification of the inboard seal, review of the previous wear down and or clearance recordings, review of service records, review of test records and verification of no reported repairs by grinding or welding. With the ABS Remote Survey program, documentation data can be submitted through ABS’s remote survey portal.

Minor damages are eligible for remote survey upon ABS review and acceptance. The identified items are to be presented by the authorized representative along with supporting photos, sketches, videos, and measurements. Any items surveyed remotely may require additional examination during the next ABS surveyor attendance onboard or the Annual Survey. Examples of minor damage:

  • Set-in or fracture that corresponds to 3 points or fewer in accordance with the Inspection Grading Criteria for the ABS Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program
  • Anchor windlass damage provided there is proof the secondary windlass is operating satisfactorily
  • Hopper damage

Identified structural damages or statutory items may require authorization from the Flag Administration if ABS will not attend. Generally, items affecting primary hull structure, longitudinal strength, watertight/oil tight integrity of hull/boundaries, stability, wastage over allowable limits (buckling, detachment or fracture) will require ABS surveyor physical attendance.

Vessel with Condition of Class or Statutory Condition are eligible for remote survey upon ABS review and acceptance. In some cases, Statutory Condition remote surveys are subject to Flag Administration authorization. Examples of items for consideration are replacement parts and equipment requiring periodic servicing. Designated ABS surveyors will evaluate the request and verification method and advise whether the item qualifies for the ABS Remote Survey program

Offshore units may be eligible for remote survey of the underwater portion of the unit for a drydocking survey. Remote underwater surveys require real-time data connection capable of handling audio, video and communication ROV feeds so an ABS surveyor can remotely witness the examination. The examination must be performed by an ABS approved external specialist. See the ABS list of approved external specialists.

Coming Soon to Remote Surveys

Drydocking Extensions and Radio Renewals