ABS has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore through the company Island Ventures II LLC to class two next-generation offshore construction vessels (OCVs). The ULSTEIN SX165 design vessels, ordered through Island Ventures II LLC, will be built at Ulstein Verft in Norway and Edison Chouest’s LaShip yard in Houma, Louisiana, in the US.
ABS classed the first workboats to venture into the Gulf of Mexico in the early days of offshore exploration in the US. Today, ABS classes roughly one-third of all offshore support vessels (OSVs) worldwide, including the world’s largest pipelaying vessel, one of the world’s largest offshore construction vessels and North America’s first LNG-fueled OSV fleet.
The broad scope of offshore support operations has led to more specialized services that are changing the roles and capabilities of this critical fleet, which is carrying out operations associated with construction, emergency response, well services and subsea support, and alternative energy in addition to the traditional support roles.
Anticipating developments in offshore vessel design, equipment and systems, we are investing in updating and expanding our Rules and services to address the offshore oil and gas industry’s evolving needs.
ABS has moved with the offshore industry from classing basic workboats to classing the OSVs that will take on tomorrow’s challenges. Our dedicated OSV Market Sector Group monitors global fleet activity and works in advance of industry to anticipate changing needs. As the leading provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, we are in a unique position to support the expanding OSV market sector.
Experienced ABS professionals can guide OSV projects during the initial design concept, through the plan approval process, during construction and throughout the entire service life of the asset.
ABS provides services to the largest and most advanced gas fueled vessels. We stand ready to help owners and operators determine the best course of action for adopting gas as fuel.
As offshore energy operations expand into new frontiers, the technology requirements for OSVs grow. ABS is the global leader in providing practical technical solutions, always with an eye towards safety.
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.