The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is a U.S. based global maritime classification society established in 1862. Classification societies carry out engineering reviews and survey vessels before, during and after construction to relevant rules and regulations. ABS’ stated 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, primarily through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets. As technology advances, and the world requires sustainable solutions, ABS has taken an industry leading role in the areas of sustainability and digital, always focusing on safety, which is the core of our business.
This presentation will cover what classification is, a brief history on ABS and its operations and functions. It will also provide an overview on how ABS is striving to support the Qatar National Vision and local clients as they also work towards achieving this vision, which includes education and quality employment for nationals. It also focuses on reduced reliance on hydrocarbons , economic protection and development, and increased use of digital tools. ABS is addressing these challenges in its short, mid and long-term strategies and look forward to supporting local Qatari organizations’ work towards these goals.