ABS gulidline for PORTABLE ACCOMMODATION MODULES, American Bureau of Shipping, Guildline updated in FEBRUARY 2020
ABS guildline for portable offshore accommodation modules
The installation of modular buildings for use as living quarters, industrial spaces, and workshops has become increasingly prevalent in recent years. Irrespective of the amount of time that portable modules are installed onboard, the potential risks to personnel within these buildings can be comparable to those within a traditional living quarters structure.
Due to the transient nature of portable accommodation modules, it is possible that the buildings may be installed on a number of different types of vessels and offshore units over their life. In recognizing that the ABS class requirements differ based on the type of host vessel or facility, this Guide has been created to outline the process for the design and survey of the modules and to establish the requirements for modules which can be used on any category of offshore drilling unit, production facility, barge, steel vessel, or high speed craft.
Class Approval Process
The ABS approval process for accommodation modules is a four-step process as outlined below:
• Design Review of the Module
• Survey of the Module at Fabrication Facility
• Design Review for Installation Approval
• Survey onboard Host Vessel
The ABS review process of the module commences with drawings and documentation detailing the module’s general arrangements, structural fire protection, electrical configuration, structural design, and machinery and piping systems being submitted to the ABS technical office for review. Upon completion of the review, drawings will be returned to the submitter and forwarded to the attending ABS Surveyor. Receipt of the drawings by the ABS Surveyor permits the physical survey of the module at the fabrication facility to be commenced.
Once a host vessel for the module is determined, design review for installation approval can be commenced. Upon receipt of the documentation detailing the module and the proposed location onboard the host vessel, the ABS technical office can review the arrangements. Once the ABS engineers have determined that the proposed location onboard the host vessel is suitable for the subject module, stamped drawings will be returned to the submitter and made available to the attending ABS Survey office. Upon receipt of these drawings, the attending ABS Surveyor may attend the vessel and confirm that the installation of the modules is in accordance with the approved arrangements.
The manufacturer is to assign a unique serial number to identify all modules being reviewed to this Guide. The initial submission of drawings is to specifically indicate the serial number of modules to be built in accordance with the drawings.
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