Beginning January 1, 2020, ABS will complete the process of combining five major rule sets into two new Rules to streamline and improve the navigation of some of the most commonly applied ABS Rules.
The Rules of Building and Classing Steel Vessels, Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels under 90 meters (295 feet) in Length, and Rules for Building and Classing Offshore Support Vessels will become the Rules for Building and Classing Marine Vessels (Marine Vessel Rules). The Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, and the Guide for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Units will become the Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Units (Mobile Offshore Units Rules).
By consolidating these Rules, we are able to reduce duplication of requirements across different Rules and Guides and form foundational Rules that will apply to a majority of the future ABS-classed fleet.
So, what does this change mean to your ABS-classed vessels? Absolutely nothing. For those vessels already classed or being built to any of the current five Rules or Guides, nothing will change. Those Rules and Guides will be archived and remain available on www.eagle.org website.
What changes for your new builds? Starting January 1, 2020, any new vessel that is covered by Marine Vessel Rules or the Mobile Offshore Units Rules will need to meet the requirements laid out in the respective Rules.
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