ABS Rules & Guides establish classification requirements for the safety related structure, machinery, systems and equipment of vessels and offshore installations.
Our continuous program of research leverages new technologies to enhance existing standards and develop new requirements. New requirements are initially published as guides and, as they mature, are formally adopted as rules. In addition to formal requirements, relevant industry best practices are published in guidance notes. As appropriate, advisories are made available on topics of concern to industry with intent to clarify facts and provide advice.
ABS maintains over 200 rule sets, guides, guidance notes and advisories which are available free via electronic download . You can also search our archives for previous versions. ABS clients can access all rules, guides and guidance notes via the Rule Manager application available from the ABS My Eagle client portal.
In January 2020, ABS consolidated five rule sets into two new rule sets to simplify clients' access to ABS requirements:
To verify that a ship or offshore asset continues to meet classification requirements, you can look up the Notations for the asset under the public ABS Record database.
Have more questions about how classification works? Reading the Conditions of Classification (part 1 for each Rule set) will help.
Marine Vessel Rules
Mobile Offshore Units (MOUs)
Floating Production Installations (FPSOs)
High-Speed Naval Craft
Facilities on Offshore Installations
Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways
Investigation of Marine Incidents
Propulsion Shafting Alignment
Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Application and Inspection of Marine Coating Systems
SafeHull Finite Element Analysis for Hull Structures
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for Classification
Application of Cybersecurity Principles to Marine and Offshore Operations - ABS CyberSafety Vol 1
Certification of Lifting Appliances
Building and Classing Yachts
Classification of Drilling Systems
Nondestructive Inspection of Hull Welds
Ballast Water Treatment
Dynamic Positioning Systems
Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Units
Exhaust Emission Abatement
Building and Classing Liftboats
Buckling and Ultimate Strength Assessment of Offshore Structures