For the second straight year, ABS has been ranked by the United States Coast Guard Port State Control statistics as the best major classification society. Recently released figures showed that not a single ABS classed ship was detained in a US port in 1999 for a class-related deficiency (www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/psc). This is the first time that a major society has recorded a perfect score.
"Our goal at ABS has always been to have zero class-related detentions. To have achieved that goal in US waters in 1999 is the result of a tremendous effort by our worldwide team of professional surveyors," said ABS President, Robert D. Somerville. "It is also a testament to the quality of the ABS fleet and to the owners who class their vessels with ABS."
The US Coast Guard evaluates class societies on their performance over a rolling three-year period. With a 0.24 percent three-year detention ratio, ABS not only retained the best ranking of all major societies but also further improved its performance from the previous year's 0.44 percent average. Since 1997 the Coast Guard logged a total 2,894 distinct arrivals by ABS classed vessels. Just seven of those ships - 4 in 1997, 3 in 1998 and none in 1999 - were detained for a class-related deficiency. The overall detention ratio for all ships from all classes societies averaged 0.79 percent for the three-year period.
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