ABS provides most annual class surveys remotely
ABS says it is now able to perform nearly all annual surveys remotely on qualifying vessels, after moving to further extend its remote offers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Including ten more remote survey solutions today, ABS says it now provides a total of 28 surveys and audits that can be conducted remotely.
The new remote services include, for the first time, Annual Hull Survey, Annual Machinery Survey, Annual Automation Survey, Annual Navigational Bridge Layout and Equipment / Systems Survey and Annual Load Line Inspection.
With a few suitable requirements, qualified vessels include general cargo vessels, barges (other than tank barges), tugs, offshore support vessels and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers under the age of 15. ABS adds that it now requires the remote conduct of alternative annual surveys, except for the fifth annual survey, which has special survey criteria.
“The industry is telling us they want our services delivered remotely, particularly in the current challenging environment, and I am proud that we are providing the most comprehensive remote services portfolio in the industry,” said Joe Riva, ABS Vice President and Chief Surveyor. “We are delivering the next generation of classification today through surveys conducted anywhere in the world at any time, without interrupting operations for surveyor attendance.”
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