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ABS releases Guide for Certification of Offshore Access Gangways

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ABS has published a new guide that addresses certification for safety systems used for ‘walk to work’ (W2W) crew transfers.

The ABS Guide for Certification of Offshore Access Gangways provides requirements for offshore access gangway system certification, including structural strength, machinery systems, contingency management, system recovery and redundancy, safety and communications, and regulatory requirements. These requirements apply to both active and passive motion compensated systems.

ABS also offers a provision for offshore access gangway systems to be qualified as ABS Type Approved products.

ABS Chief Technology Officer, Howard Fireman, said: “As advanced crew transfer options become the norm in the offshore oil and gas industry, more and more companies want to benefit from W2W vessels and are looking to ABS for safety guidance […] Our new guide provides the information the industry needs to execute safe personnel transfers.”

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