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ABS classed fleet grows 5% in 2015

ABS classed fleet grows 5% in 2015
The ABS classed fleet grew nearly 5% in 2015, while its orderbook witnessed even stronger growth of 15%.

ABS said its fleet surpassed 230m gt in 2015 with 841 vessels added to the fleet bringing it to 12,614.

The classification society’s orderbook saw even stronger growth with a 15% increase to 57.2m gt of vessels. Combined with a second consecutive of net positive class transfers, ABS said it was well positioned for the future.

“We had a solid performance in 2015, earning the top position in global orderbook share based on gross tonnage and confirming our strong relationships with owners and shipyards around the world,” Christopher J Wiernicki, chairman, president and ceo of ABS said at its 153rd meeting. “Our continued growth shows that ABS is well-positioned for today and we are equally ready for tomorrow.”

He highlighted a number of projects in which ABS is involved such as the world’s first CNG Carrier and the world’s largest and most advanced wind farm installation and offshore construction vessels.

“Dedication to providing great classification services, demonstrating industry-recognized technology leadership, and being our clients’ trusted advisor in every environment are what fundamentally define the success of ABS,” Wiernicki said.