'Rapid Response Team' Formed By ABS To Assist Clients When Vessels Are Damaged

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has implemented a program called the "Rapid Response Team" that provides immediate assistance to shipowners and offshore operators to minimize casualty losses.

In the planning stage since late 1988, the Rapid Response Team concept is designed to expedite emergency services that ABS has offered to the marine industry for more than 125 years.

The team's main objective is to assist shipowners and offshore operators with the critical job of assessing damage after a casualty and to provide recommendations for moving the vessel to a safe refuge.

ABS has developed two levels of rapidresponse service. The first level provides clients with on-call review, analysis, and consultation based on information that ABS already has inhouse on a given ship or offshore unit. On a second level, clients supply ABS with additional information—such as lines plans, pumping capacity— that allows ABS to calculate survivability, longitudinal strength, and damage and intact stability. ABS assesses this information using sophisticated computer programs to model the ship or offshore structure. These electronic models then enable the ABS Rapid Response Team to provide accurate and fast advice.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Jul 1989

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