ABS Issues Guidance for Fighting Container Fires

International classification society the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published guidance to address fire-fighting and safety systems of cargo holds of containerships following a series of high-profile incidents. The guidance specifies the ABS requirements for addressing fire safety in four key areas, including fire-fighting for containers stowed on deck, … [Read more...]

American Ethane Carriers to Build 17 Very Large Ethan Carriers

Houston-based American Ethane Company has unveiled plans to build 17 very large ethane carriers (VLECs) to transport U.S. ethane to China. The 150,000 cbm capacity VLECs will be constructed in China at shipyard in Hudong-Zhonghua and Jiangnan. American Ethane collaborated with ABS on technical and regulatory requirements for the VLECs that will supply ethane from the U.S. … [Read more...]

ABS In Favor of Reducing Speed to Achieve Low Carbon Targets

By Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar) - Shipping must pay the price today for tomorrow’s sustainability as a push to cleaner supply chains is seeing shippers reconsider their best routes to market. A report from classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) claims that with no truly carbon neutral fuels available the best short-term option is slow steaming and … [Read more...]

ABS Outlook Identifies Strategies for Reaching Low Carbon Shipping Targets

International classification society ABS has launched its Low Carbon Shipping Outlook to help the maritime sector evaluate potential paths to decarbonization in the industry. The outlook defines ship technologies, operational efficiencies, and alternative fuels and energy sources needed to reach 2030 and 2050 targets set by the International Maritime Organization. The … [Read more...]

ABS Teams with Industry Leaders to Improve Containership Safety

Classification society ABS announced Thursday it is teaming up with members of the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS)  to develop actionable recommendations to help mitigate risks posed from the stowage of dangerous goods on containerships. Established in 2011, CINS is a shipping line initiative meant to increase safety in the supply chain, reduce the … [Read more...]