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Specialized Vessels


ABS Services Meet the Needs of Specialized Offshore Support Vessels

ABS classed the first workboats to venture into the Gulf of Mexico in the early days of US offshore exploration and today classes roughly one-third of the world’s offshore support vessels (OSVs). We have decades of experience with specialized vessels including anchor handling, firefighting, dive support, pipelay, heavy lift, well intervention, well stimulation and oil spill recovery units.

As the search for oil and gas moves into deeper, more exacting environments, operators are contracting multipurpose OSVs as a cost-effective tool for carrying out specialized services on platforms, offshore facilities and piping equipment and systems. Today’s OSVs are carrying out inspection, maintenance and repair and are equipped with larger accommodation spaces, heavy lift cranes, helidecks and streamlined bow forms for harsh-environment operations.

At ABS, we recognize that advances in technology are opening new opportunities for the specialized vessel fleet. We anticipate developments in offshore vessel design, equipment and systems and are investing now in updating and expanding our guidance for these vessels so the industry can confidently continue to look to us for leadership.

Specialized Offshore Support

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.

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Fleet Management Software

ABS Nautical Systems offers fleet management solutions to drive performance and attain operational efficiencies.

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Gas as Fuel

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.

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