Since its foundation in 1862, the core commitment of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is to promote maritime safety.
Through innovative thinking, enthusiasm and professionalism of the staff, the ABS strives
to be the most efficient provider of marine and offshore classification services.
Setting standards of excellence, the responsibility of the classification society is to verify that merchant ships and marine structures comply with Rules that the society has established for design, construction and periodic survey.
Divisional offices support a worldwide network of more than 200 representative offices in 60 countries.
Dirty Jobs note: Check out episode #89 where Mike Rowe get dirty in San Diego with the tar rigging crew of the Star of India, the oldest active merchant ship in the world.