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American 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
ABS Plaza
16855 Northchase, Drive
Houston, Texas 77060
281 877-6000
http://www.eagle.org

US 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.

US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center
400 Seventh Street
Washington, DC 0590
202 366-6480
Us Coast Guard Marine Safety Center

 

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