Rules, Guides and Guidance Notes

The heart of our classification organization, ABS Rules & 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. You can search the complete current collection of ABS Rules & Guides in our database below, or for older publications, search our separate archived database of ABS Rules & Guides.



Current Database of ABS Rules & Guides

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ABS combined the five most commonly applied rules into two new Rules – Marine Vessel Rules (MVR) and Mobile Offshore Units Rules (MOU) for easy access.

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