ABS signs Memorandum of Agreement with MMSNews // January 31, 2003
The agreement represents formal recognition by the MMS of the technical expertise of ABS in design review and survey of offshore facilities to verify compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
Under the MOA, ABS and the MMS will jointly support the development of appropriate technical standards as well as associated research targeted toward improving the safety, pollution prevention and operational efficiency of offshore oil and gas facilities.
This formal agreement is an outgrowth of the longstanding relationship between ABS and MMS. For example, ABS authored the technical requirements for the MMS Platform Verification Program in 1979. This applies to offshore oil and gas production and drilling platforms working on the US Outer Continental Shelf.
Additionally, ABS has provided on-going counsel and guidance to both the MMS and the offshore industry through years of participation in joint industry programs and other activities aimed athelping the offshore community meet the many technical and safety challenges associated with deepwater developments.