American Bureau of Shipping

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American Bureau of Shipping

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is an IACS member classification society based in Houston, Texas, United States. ABS is responsible for the creation and maintainance of ABS rules, the minimum requirements for acceptance into class. ABS is particularly popular in the United States.

ABS Rules

  • ABS rules are available freely online, either as individual PDF's or complete PDF sets in ZIP file format. Printed & bound copies of the rules can also be purchased for about $400 USD.

External Links

  • ABS Homepage [1]
  • ABS Rules and Regulations [2]
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