ABS Signs Cooperation Agreement With Chinese Classification Society

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has signed an agreement with the Register of Shipping of the People's Republic of China (ZC) for reciprocal performance of classification and other services, such as assigning Load Lines. The agreement allows ABS exclusive surveyors to be stationed in China to survey ships and other marine structures built or converted to ABS class. It also enables ABS to perform surveys and other classification services on ABS-classed vessels that enter Chinese ports.

ABS can enlist the services of ZC as needed for assistance in conducting these services.

Two mobile offshore drilling units are the first marine structures to be built to ABS classification under the agreement.

Dalian Shipyard, Dalian, China, is building the self-elevating units for Magnum Marine Corporation, Conroe, Texas. They will be 155 feet long, 110 feet wide, and 15 feet deep and be capable of drilling in water depths up to 100 feet in the elevated position. An ABS exclusive surveyor will attend the construction of the units at Dalian and visit the mills and manufacturing plants in China where the materials and components are being built for the units.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 30,  May 1981

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