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Dec 29, 2023 - American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is a non-profit global maritime classification society which establishes rules and guidelines for the construction of yachts and ships. The following presentation contains information about the organization, products, services and mission. In addition, you will find some further qualifications and information about the ABS searchable database for vessels.


Founded in 1862, ABS is a global leader in providing classification services for marine and offshore assets. Our mission is to serve the public interest as well as the needs of our members and clients by promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment. ABS’ commitment to safety, reliability and efficiency is ever-present. Today, ABS is working in a rapidly changing business environment where global markets are shaped more frequently by digital technology and data analytics. We are applying advanced technology, digital tools, capabilities and improved core processes to drive safety excellence, greater performance and efficiency – generating greater value for our members and clients. ABS continues to be a trusted advisor and partner, supporting marine and offshore business ventures for both traditional and non-traditional clients. Moving quickly and easily, ABS provides solutions that add greater value to our clients, making us stronger every day. We provide surveys during construction, after construction, compliance audits, envelopment of standards known as Rules Engineering research and development, technical plan reviews and design analysis in addition to ABS CyberSafety™ Program Asset Reactivation Remote Survey and Audits Sustainability and Compliance Services Digital Solutions.


ABS is a non-profit maritime classification society.

 Headquartered in Huston Texas with 200 offices located throughout the globe.

Personnel of 5,500 employees.

Services approved by U.S. and international government institutions.


ABS provides an online searchable database (WikiLinks) for classified yachts and ships which is available to the general public at no charge.


Although oriented toward large yachts and ships, the ABS database services may be of value for boaters seeking information about vessels which have been classified. It can be searched by various criteria including the vessel name and types of vessels.

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