ABS has created unrestricted public Internet access to technical, classification and owner/operator information on the more than 9,000 vessels and marine structures in its class. With the publication of this information in electronic format ABS will no longer publish the printed version of the ABS Record. This had been issued at least annually, without interruption, since 1867. A key addition to the information that is now being made available is the inclusion of statutory survey data for those vessels registered with flags that have authorized ABS to release this information.
The data in the electronic Record is divided into several, easily navigable sections including general characteristics, hull details, machinery details, survey status and owner/operator address information, among others. The posting of the electronic database has also led to an important expansion in the information previously carried on line regarding vessels subject to Withdrawal, Suspension or Cancellation of ABS class.
Previously the reason given for a suspension or cancellation of the class certificate was attributed only to "Outstanding Recommendations" or "Overdue Surveys". This section now gives users information on the specific outstanding recommendations or specific surveys that led to the suspension or cancellation.