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Saturday, December 22, 2018 

ABS, the US-headquartered classification society, has introduced remote surveys to drive safety performance and productivity for those customers using digital technologies.

“Our global workforce delivers unparalleled responsiveness to meet our clients’ needs; however, ABS Remote Survey takes responsiveness to a higher level. Clients save time and money, by ABS surveyors reviewing assets remotely,” said John McDonald, Senior Vice President, Western Hemisphere Operations. “ABS Remote Survey gives operators greater flexibility and efficiency. This is the latest safety step in the ABS mission to promote the security of life and property and preserve the natural environment.”

McDonald explained that ABS is committed to harnessing digital technologies to solve owners and operators challenges to improve performance, control costs, and drive efficiencies across the industry, while never compromising safety.

“This year we introduced ABS e-Certificates and our Smart Guidance. Now, by offering easy direct access to our global network of surveyors, ABS Remote Survey delivers a new option for smart and safe surveying, he said.

For Ensco, ABS Remote Survey offers a time-saving option to increase efficiency and flexibility in our operations. Sachin Mehra, VP Asset Management, Ensco, said: “We’re eager to use this new capability with remote survey as it will increase efficiency of our operations. This means our units can receive support from an ABS surveyor from any location in the world. We expect the option to conduct an Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD) remotely will reduce the logistical expenses of a UWILD significantly.”

The following survey types are presently suitable for ABS Remote Survey, with more to be added:

  • Continuous Machinery Survey
  • Tailshaft Survey Extension 
  • Minor Damage Survey
  • Rectification for Outstanding Class Recommendation or Outstanding Statutory Deficiencies
  • Remote Underwater Examination of Offshore Units 


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