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Gathering Vessel Information

Transferring existing vessels to ABS class can be a quick, simple and inexpensive process.

Owners are able to reap significant operational and cost benefits by placing more of their fleet with ABS.

And with the combined power of the maintenance management software provided by Nautical Systems and the industry-leading technology embodied in the ABS Eagle Survey Manager program, ABS offers owners analytical tools for optimizing fleet efficiencies.

The ABS Advantage

  • Free installation of core maintenance & hull management software
  • One-year enrollment into the Rapid Response & Damage Assessment program
  • Discounts available based on fleet volume
  • Support from an established global network of surveyors and engineering centers
  • One of the largest and most-respected class societies

For acceptance into ABS class, the owner of an existing IACS-classed ship will be asked to submit the hull and machinery plans listed below in addition to the following forms.

Main Plans

  • General arrangement
  • Capacity plan
  • Hydrostatic curves
  • Loading manual (if applicable)
  • Stability documents

Hull Structure Plans

  • Midship section
  • Construction profile and deck plan (scantling plan)
  • Decks
  • Shell expansion
  • Transverse bulkheads
  • Rudder and rudder stock
  • Hatch covers

Machinery Plans

  • Machinery arrangement
  • Intermediate, thrust and screw shafts
  • Propeller
  • Wiring diagram
  • Bilge and ballast piping diagram
  • Main engines, propulsion gears and clutch systems
  • Steering gear systems, piping and arrangements
  • Main boilers, superheaters and economizers (for steam turbine vessels)

We may request additional plans for tankers, vessels with unmanned machinery spaces, ice class vessels and steam turbine vessels. Small vessels may be subject to different requirements.

A pre-assessment survey may also be necessary to determine the overall condition of the ship. Typically, the requisite surveys for a transfer of class are scheduled with current survey activities to minimize cost.

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