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International Shipping Consultants

ABL Group maritime teams have been at the forefront of the global shipping industry since our early days dating back to the Salvage Association’s over 150 years of legacy. Our teams of experts support international shipping with our full range of engineering and consulting, loss prevention and loss management services. We bring together the deepest pool of multi-disciplinary expertise to support all areas of shipping, from early advisory and technical due diligence, navigational planning, early engineering, vessel design and modifications, through to operations, with surveys, inspections and audits, as well as world-class marine warranty survey, to supporting in the minimising of losses with marine casualty management, salvage & wreck removal, and expert witness work.

Combined marine and engineering expertise

As across the entire group, we bring together a unique combination of experts in marine and shipping disciplines, from seafaring backgrounds across a range of positions, with cutting-edge and innovative engineering capabilities. We have a very strong team of naval architects with huge scope of experience in vessel and ship design, along with electrical, marine and structural engineering, specialists in navigational analysis, metocean and coastal engineering, as well as engineering specialists in marine transportation operations.

Global footprint across all shipping hubs

Our global network of offices in every major shipping and offshore hub means we have a good understanding of the global shipping industry as a whole, common shipping routes, and the risk profile and challenges associated to different types of marine transportation.

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    Cargo expertise across all types of vessels 

    Our teams have expertise and experience with all types of shipping and cargo vessels – container ships, bulk vessels, break bulk vessels, reefer vessels, barge vessels, tankers, multi-purpose vessels, Ro-Ro vessels, amongst others. We offer world-class expertise and a trusted reputation in the provision of all types of vessel surveys, inspections and audits, including consulting on HSEQ, risk management, operations and procedure guidelines, as well as world-leading services in marine warranty survey for sea transportation and cargo.

    ABL Group also has extensive experience with tug boats, providing engineering and consulting support of tug and tow operations, marine assurance and risk services, and loss management if required. Our staff with seafaring backgrounds frequently act as owner’s representatives onboard vessels for critical operations, as well as in a number of other representative roles in tug and tow operations.

    Clean shipping and sustainable shipping expertise

    Through our combination of unparalleled shipping expertise with cutting-edge engineering, we are able to support clients with a range of marine and engineering consulting services, as well as engineering and design services, to help achieve new climate objectives. As the industry begins to change at pace with increasing regulation and guidance on green house gas emissions reduction, ABL Group have stayed ahead of the curve in developing relevant competencies and bespoke service offerings, to support clients throughout their energy transition process, from early advisory, technical due diligence and digital services for fleet-wide carbon emissions tracking, through to engineering and design work on clean shipping technologies such as hybrid propulsion, fuel-cell, hydrogen-power and other green and sustainable fuel solutions.

    Navigational, metocean and operability assessment experts

    Across our group companies, ABL Group offers a broad range of digital and software tools, combined with in-house engineering and marine expertise to offer clients forensic navigational planning and analysis services for the shipping industry. Our navigational expertise applies to all phases of a shipping asset’s life-cycle – from early navigational routing, risk assessment and mitigation, through to marine accident investigation in the event of a marine casualty.

    Studies include expertise in probabilistic navigational risk assessments, analysing the probability of a vessel collisions or accidents due to altered and congested navigational corridors with increasing marine traffic and operations. The service is based on a unique combination of automatic identification system (AIS) data and our long-term experience in shipping operations.