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Statutory Services

Recognized by More than 100 Governments

ABS been recognized by more than 100 governments as a Recognized Organization (RO) or Recognized Security Organization (RSO) with the authority to conduct surveys and issue certificates in accordance with various international and national maritime conventions and codes. This statutory certification is important to a vessel from initial certification in connection with delivery to annual, intermediate and renewal surveys during its entire operational life. Statutory surveys are normally also required when the vessel changes flag or class.

ABS performs the necessary technical reviews, audits and surveys for statutory certificates including Load Line, Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), Tonnage, Marine Pollution (MARPOL), ISM Code and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

Certification Services

Management System Certification

ABS has experience in providing a wide range of management systems certification for the marine and offshore industries.


ISM certification is awarded when a company and its vessels meet the requirements of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, the standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.


We offer comprehensive ship security services designed to help shipowners and operators meet the requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.


Bringing together more than 60 different international standards and regulations relating to the employment and working conditions of seafarers, the International Labour Organization Maritime Labor Convention (ILO MLC) establishes minimum design standards for the accommodation and work areas on the ship and a set of standards to govern the terms of employment of the crew.


We offer products and services that aid marine and offshore organizations in the management of their health, safety, quality, environmental and energy (HSQEEn) programs and systems.

Type Approval

We offer Type Approval for a wide range of products for marine and offshore applications, industrial plant and processes, and the information technology sector. Achieving ABS Type Approval for a product 

Marine Services

With more than 200 million gross tons under ABS Class, our team of global team of surveyors, engineers and technical specialist are prepared to help with any project, any time, any place.

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Offshore Energy Services

No other classification society has the experience or knowledge of ABS in the offshore energy sector. We are committed to helping owners and operators safely enter new frontiers.

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Gas Solutions

The ABS Global Gas Solutions team brings together specialists with experience in every phase and every type of gas project. 

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