A key feature of the agreement is that the execution will be digital with integration for efficiency.
Customers will be able to access ABS services including verification and certification on the ShipParts.com user interface including other value-added services to be developed, centered around data analytics.
Beyond core classification services, ABS and ShipParts.com will promote digitalisation and technologies including predictive maintenance and additive manufacturing. The growing adoption of these technologies in the maritime industry will allow for smarter, safer and more efficient vessel operations.
Mr Paul Karam, ABS said: “Digital technology is reshaping the industry; ABS is pleased to work closely with innovative companies like ShipParts.com who utilises digital technology to empower traditional maritime industry. I believe that the strategic cooperation between both parties will bring together the core competencies of each party on various marine and offshore related aspects,”
Mr David Luan, ShipParts.com, said: “It is our honour partnering a leading classification society as ABS. We share a common vision with ABS in bringing value to our customers through digitalisation firstly via eProcurement for spares and classification services followed by other service innovations arising from Big Data insights.”
The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Eric Klees, senior vice president, Eastern Hemisphere Operations, Mr. Paul Karam, vice president, Greater China Regional Operations and Mr. Peter Ko, business manager, East Asia Vendor Business Development. ShipParts.com was represented by Mr. David Luan, founder and chief executive officer, Mr. Leo Liu, chief operating officer and Mr. Lu Jianping, general manager and technical director.