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ABS Type Approval is a voluntary program which provides qualified manufacturers targeting marine and offshore sectors the benefit of a more efficient product certification process.

ABS Type Approval is available for a wide range of products for marine and offshore applications, industrial plant and processes, and the information technology sector. It is practical, client-oriented and flexible.


  • Faster approval for acceptance on ABS-classed units
  • Flexible approach to suit your business needs
  • Reduced repetitive engineering review and survey attendance for eligible products
  • Demonstration of conformity to recognized industry quality standards and applicable ABS Rules
  • Certificates are listed in the ABS Type Approval database, searchable by worldwide ship operators and owners

Material Manufacturers

Search for material products and manufacturers approved by ABS.

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External Specialist Database

Search for ABS Recognized External Specialist to conduct specialized inspection/maintenance in support of classification and/or statutory services.

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