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Bureau of Shipping - ABS is one of the premier
classification societies. Based in Houston Texas this organization
is tasked with promoting safety afloat through the development and verification
of standards for the design, construction and maintenance of boats, ships,
oil rigs, etc. They publish many standards including their Rules
for Building and Classing Motor Pleasure Yachts, and Rules
for Building and Classing High Speed Craft, ABS also provides services
for reviewing plans and for construction of vessels in Class (generally
considered only for larger yachts and ships).
American Bureau of Shipping
16855 Northchase, Drive
Houston, Texas 77060
281 877-6000 http://www.eagle.org
Coast Guard Marine Safety Center - The US Coast
Guard is responsible for the safety and safe operation of both recreational
and commercial boats and ships. All commercial vessels are subject to direct
review by the USCG, recreational vessels are not. The Marine Safety
Center website provides many links to the rules, regulations, and recommendations
that have been developed to assure such safety.