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Company History

The mission of ABS Group of Companies is to be a leading global provider of technical services that better enables our clients to operate safely, reliably, efficiently and in compliance with applicable regulations and standards. We are focused on adding value to the industries we serve.

Building on a Legacy of Marine Technical Services 

Safety, risk and integrity management are at the core of everything we do. We began providing non-classification marine services in 1971 from our original headquarters in New York. Over the decades, we have worked as a strategic partner of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), one of the world's leading marine and offshore classification societies founded in 1862.

We have continued to build on ABS Group's reputation for setting standards of excellence in the marine and offshore industries as an independent technical services provider. Today, the ABS Group operating subsidiaries support an even broader spectrum of highly technical industries that power, fuel and regulate our world.

ABS Group, which refers to one or more affiliated companies, is a subsidiary of ABS.

Global Expansion

In 2012, we expanded service offerings and geographic coverage in key markets with the strategic acquisition of Safetec Nordic AS, headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, and Genesis Technology Solutions, Inc. (GenesisSolutions), based in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Safetec added new technical depth and a strong Norwegian and North Sea presence to our existing safety and risk consulting services. GenesisSolutions brought robust capabilities in enterprise asset management, computerized maintenance management systems and asset performance optimization.

Managing Deepwater Risk

As we continued to expand safety and risk management solutions in the offshore market, ABS Quality Evaluations (ABS QE), another of our core businesses, became the first audit provider accredited by the Center for Offshore Safety to conduct safety and environmental systems (SEMS) audits for assets operating in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Diversifying Our Evolving Energy Portfolio

To address the needs of integrated power customers, we combined our successful nuclear and renewable energy divisions and added talent to serve the broader power generation, transmission and distribution markets. In 2013, the Power division of ABS Group completed a Level 2 probabilistic risk assessment – the second such study performed worldwide – for a European nuclear power plant. Our reliable contribution to nuclear legacy plants and utilities have included providing post-Fukushima stress test analyses, seismic support and electrical control and instrumentation support.

A Trusted Regulatory Advisor  

During the last 20 years, our core capabilities in the Government sector have expanded to include maritime, homeland security, offshore and risk management. We have provided multiyear support to the US Coast Guard Research and Development Center and Surface Forces Logistics Center and supported the Department of Homeland Security's implementation of the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards program. We also assist the following organizations:

  • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Emergency Management

Today, we provide a range of oil and gas support services for BSEE, as well as municipal water authorities, and continue to work with various international ministries and regulatory bodies through our operating subsidiaries in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.

A Global Leader in Certified Performance

Since its creation in 1947, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published nearly 20,000 standards covering most aspects of technology and business, which are designed to make industries more effective and efficient. ABS QE has offered management systems certification services since 1991 and over the years, reaching certification milestones such as becoming an accredited audit provider for ISO 50001 and SEMS in 2013. Building on these achievements, ABS QE recently became the first global Certification Body to receive ANAB ISO 55001 accreditation from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). 

Maintaining World-Class Service Delivery

As we adapt to new operating landscapes, ABS Group remains committed to the needs of industry. Our reputation for technical expertise and industry-leading solutions is our foundation as we continue to help you improve efficiency and reliability, manage risk and integrity and, above all, meet the requisite level of safety in the markets we serve.

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