Spe­cial­ized Marine Courses & Sem­i­nars in Clas­si­fi­ca­tion, Reg­u­la­tion, Engi­neer­ing Design, New Con­struc­tion, Risk Man­age­ment, Qual­ity, and, Envi­ron­men­tal Awareness


Founded in 1862, The Amer­i­can Bureau of Ship­ping (ABS) is a marine and off­shore clas­si­fi­ca­tion ser­vices soci­ety. The soci­ety is head­quar­tered in Hous­ton, Texas with world­wide offices in UK, Sin­ga­pore and China. The respon­si­bil­ity of the clas­si­fi­ca­tion soci­ety is to ver­ify that marine ves­sels and off­shore struc­tures com­ply with Rules that the soci­ety has estab­lished for design, con­struc­tion and peri­odic sur­vey. ABS is one of the largest clas­si­fi­ca­tion soci­eties with a fleet of over 10,000 com­mer­cial ves­sels and off­shore facilities.

ABS Acad­emy has been pro­vid­ing train­ing courses and career devel­op­ment pro­grams for many of the world’s lead­ing shipown­ers and ship­builders, both onsite and at the spe­cial­ized ABS Acad­emy train­ing cen­ters. Train­ing courses have been cus­tomized to meet the needs of indi­vid­ual com­pa­nies. These range from sim­ple recom­bi­na­tion of exist­ing courses to the devel­op­ment of spe­cific cur­ric­ula, par­tic­u­lar to a company’s pro­ce­dures and oper­a­tions. Apart from Hous­ton Texas, ABS Acad­emy is located world­wide in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Athens, Greece; Ham­burg, Ger­many; Busan, Korea; Sin­ga­pore; Dubai, UAE; and Shang­hai, China.

ABS Acad­emy courses sat­isfy the require­ments of the Royal Insti­tu­tion of Naval Archi­tects (RINA) and The Insti­tute of Marine Engi­neer­ing, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (IMarEST) for con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional development.

Training Programs

ABS Courses & Programs

  • Ship­builders Courses: These technically-​focused cur­ric­ula are designed specif­i­cally for pro­fes­sion­als involved in the design and con­struc­tion of ships and off­shore units. Top­ics Include - Struc­tural Design and Rules Com­pli­ance; Com­mon Struc­tural Rules for Tankers and Bulk Car­ri­ers; LNG /​LPG Car­ri­ers Design and New Con­struc­tion; Statu­tory Reg­u­la­tions Primer; Soft­ware for Design­ers; and Apply­ing IACS Polar Rules.
  • Off­shore Courses: For own­ers and builders of off­shore oil and gas assets these courses exam­ine reg­u­la­tory, tech­ni­cal and man­age­ment con­cerns. Top­ics Include - Design fun­da­men­tals of MODU’s; Risk man­age­ment solu­tions; Audit­ing for ISM, ISPS, ISO and OHSAS; Clas­si­fi­ca­tion and Reg­u­la­tory Inspec­tions; and Main­te­nance and Inspections.
  • Shipown­ers Courses: Of spe­cial inter­est to own­ers, ABS Acad­emy courses exam­ine the reg­u­la­tory, tech­ni­cal and man­age­ment con­cerns affect­ing oper­a­tors of ships and off­shore assets. Top­ics Include - Audit­ing for ISM , ISPS , ISO and OHSAS; STCW95 Marine Safety Frame­work; Reg­u­la­tory, PSC, Vet­ting and Hull Inspec­tions; ILO Con­ven­tion Require­ments; TMSA, DPA and Risk Assess­ments; and Main­te­nance and Inspections.

ABS Sem­i­nars

  • ILO Mar­itime Labor Con­ven­tion & Reg­u­la­tory Update: This sem­i­nar will pro­vide a back­ground on the ILO and the devel­op­ment of the Mar­itime Labor Con­ven­tion (MLC), together with an expla­na­tion of its struc­ture includ­ing details on the five titles that com­prise the Con­ven­tion, as well as the require­ments for shipown­ers, flag and port States.
  • Marine Oper­a­tions in Harsh Envi­ron­ments: This sem­i­nar will pro­vide an overview of the Arc­tic envi­ron­ment, includ­ing the nature of ice, the impact that ice can have on ships, win­ter­i­za­tion issues and guid­ance for ves­sel oper­a­tions in low tem­per­a­ture environments.
  • Off­shore Drilling - Tech­nol­ogy Update: This top­i­cal sem­i­nar will pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive overview of recent updates and ABS require­ments for own­ers, oper­a­tors, design­ers, ship­yard rep­re­sen­ta­tives and other marine indus­try per­son­nel work­ing exten­sively in the off­shore sector.
  • Off­shore Sup­port Ves­sels & Reg­u­la­tory Updates: This sem­i­nar will intro­duce the Off­shore Sup­port Ves­sels (OSVs) Guide with a brief­ing on the Spe­cial Pur­pose Ship (SPS) Code and the new ABS Guide for Propul­sion and Aux­il­iary Sys­tems for Gas Fueled Ships.
  • Off­shore Tech­nol­ogy Overview & Mar­ket Out­look: This top­i­cal sem­i­nar will pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive overview of recent reg­u­la­tory updates and ABS require­ments for own­ers, oper­a­tors, design­ers, ship­yard rep­re­sen­ta­tives and other marine indus­try per­son­nel work­ing exten­sively in the off­shore sector.
  • Chal­lenges in Arc­tic Marine & Off­shore Oper­a­tions: This sem­i­nar will address a vari­ety of Arctic-​related issues includ­ing man­age­ment and oper­a­tions of marine ves­sels and off­shore struc­tures. The sem­i­nar should pro­vide own­ers, oper­a­tors, design­ers and other indus­try per­son­nel with an aware­ness of Arctic-​related issues.
  • Trad­ing in US & Aus­tralian Waters: Jointly hosted with the US Coast Guard and Aus­tralian Mar­itime Safety Author­ity, this sem­i­nar is intended to pro­vide own­ers, oper­a­tors, ship­yards, design­ers and other marine indus­try per­son­nel with a greater aware­ness of spe­cific reg­u­la­tory and oper­a­tional require­ments for ves­sels trad­ing in the US and Australia.
  • Trad­ing in US Waters: Often held in coop­er­a­tion with the US Coast Guard, this sem­i­nar series pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive overview of the reg­u­la­tory envi­ron­ment for ves­sels for trad­ing in US Waters.
  • Expe­ri­ence in Con­tain­er­ships: This sem­i­nar is intended to pro­vide own­ers, oper­a­tors and other marine indus­try per­son­nel with a greater aware­ness and under­stand­ing of class require­ments and an out­look for the con­tain­er­ship market.
  • Envi­ron­men­tal Updates Sem­i­nar: This sem­i­nar focuses on the hottest topic in the indus­try today. ABS will offer par­tic­i­pants an overview of the lat­est hap­pen­ings for key envi­ron­men­tal issues includ­ing oper­a­tional prac­tices and new technologies.

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