ABS Forms Strategic Marketing Team To Promote LNG Expertise

The American Bureau of Shipping, one of the world's leading ship classification societies, has formed a Strategic Marketing Team to provide clients more timely access to its experience and technical expertise and to assist prospective clients in the development of liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LNG/LPG) projects.

Established by ABS chairman Frank Iarossi, the team has been given the following directives: Present the LNG capabilities of ABS in large and small forums by speaking at technical conferences and by making specific, focused presentations to individual clients; Provide added technical expertise when ABS's three regional companies (ABS Americas, ABS Europe, and ABS Pacific) are seeking new gascarrier business opportunities; and Extend ABS gas-carrier expertise by assisting with ABS rule-development and R&D projects.

Since the classification of the first LNG carrier (Methane Pioneer) in 1958, ABS has been in the forefront of LNG technology. Presently the first two LNG carriers utilizing the self-supporting prismatic type-B (SPB) containment system are being built by IHI in Japan for Marathon/ Phillips to ABS class for delivery in 1993. ABS has 98 liquefiedgas carriers in class, and more than 40 percent of LNG carriers worldwide with capacities above 50,000 cubic meters have been built to ABS class.

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