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ABS Consulting Verifies Design and Construction of Chile Mining Rescue Capsules

November 1, 2010

(Houston) The rescue of 33 men from the San Jose Mine in Chile on October 12-13 was a proud moment for the office of ABS Consulting in Chile, which verified the safety of the capsules.

Engineer Lionel Doren performed the risk assessment of the capsule used to bring the miners to the surface. ASMAR Naval Shipyard designed and built the rescue cage, dubbed FENIX after the bird signifying new life. Although a single capsule was used in the rescue, three cages had been manufactured as a backup in case of a problem. ABS Consulting utilized the "what-if" technique on all capsules during the risk assessment process.

Each capsule stood nearly 10 feet tall but had interior space of barely over 6 feet in height and about 21 inches in diameter. The pods, which weigh more than 900 pounds each, arrived at the mine on September 25, almost two months after the mine had collapsed.

The workers were trapped about 2,300 feet below ground when the San Jose Mine collapsed August 5. The copper and gold mine is located near Copiapo in Chile's northern Atacama desert. The mine is owned by Compañia Minera San Esteban Primera, a private Chilean company.

ABS Consulting Chile is active in the Latin America mining market and has a strong relationship with the Chilean government. Following the mine collapse, representatives of the safety, risk and integrity management company met with government officials to contribute our expertise to the international rescue effort.

"Congratulations to the families of the 33 men rescued from the San Jose Mine," said Sergio Ostornol, Regional Manager for ABS Consulting, Chile. "ABS Consulting is proud to have played a role in the rescue of these brave men. Looking forward, we hope to utilize our expertise to contribute to enhanced safety regulations in the Chilean mining industry as well as other Latin American countries and build a region that epitomizes one of the safest operations in the world."


About ABS

ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction. Focused on safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.   

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions and technical services that help clients confirm the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,300 professionals in over 25 countries serving the industrial manufacturing, oil, gas and chemical, marine, offshore and government sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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