Buenos Aires And Manila Added To ABS Network Of Technical Offices

The Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Manila, Philippines offices of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) have been designated Technical Offices, and now provide hull plan approval services in addition to field surveying.

The addition of the two offices brings to 11 the number of countries in which the international ship classification society maintains Technical Offices, which are equipped to review hull or machinery plans, or both.

As of July 1, 64 vessels totaling 205,090 gross tons were being built, or were scheduled to be built, to ABS classification in Argentinian shipyards, and 31 vessels totaling 15,290 gross tons were being built, or were scheduled to be built, to ABS classification in Philippine shipyards.

There were 161 Argentine-flag vessels, and 104 Philippine-flag vessels in ABS class as of July 1.

In addition to Buenos Aires and Manila, ABS maintains Technical Offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Hamburg, Germany; Genoa, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Singapore; Madrid, Spain; London, United Kingdom, and New York, Cleveland, New Orleans, and San Francisco, in the United States. ABS has offices in 88 countries.

ABS is a nongovernmental, worldwide ship classification society which establishes internationally accepted standards, called Rules, for the design, construction, and periodic survey of merchant vessels and other marine structures. The Rules are published in English, Spanish, German, Greek, Portuguese, Japanese, and French.

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