ABS to allow Remote Surveys

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche

21 December 2018

US classification society ABS has announced that as part of its ongoing commitment to drive safety performance and productivity for clients using digital technologies, it has approved the use of remote survey techniques for some types of survey.

Many vessels are eligible for ABS Remote Survey, although the ABS Preventative Maintenance Program (PMP) notation, which helps owners and operators maintain their vessels with updated machinery maintenance practices, is recommended for maximum advantage.

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

Remote surveys can involve the use of specialist equipment such as drones or underwater vehicles as well as photographs, videos and computer maintenance system reports. A more detailed explanation is given here.

“We are 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,” said John McDonald, Senior Vice President, Western Hemisphere Operations. “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.”