First in the Middle East: Aramco’s survey ship gets


April 22, 2022

Image courtesy of Aramco

Aramco’s KARAN 8 hydrographic survey vessel is the first in the Middle East region and the second in the world to be awarded ABS Infectious Disease Control (IDM) certification.

ABS’s IDM-A notation is offered to ships that meet the layout requirements relating to the configuration of spaces used for isolation and separation of crew, passengers and visitors ashore, as well as onboard ventilation and interior surfaces of certain can be accommodation or work space.

The ABS-classified KARAN 8 has met the requirements of the ABS Guide for Mitigation of Infectious Disease Transmission on Board Marine and Offshore Assets, which was developed from a series of independent government and commercial guidelines, including the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

“The notation allows owners and operators to clearly demonstrate that the risks of infection outbreaks have been considered. Assisting marine and offshore assets to become more operationally resilient to the impact of infectious diseases is critical today and will continue to be for the foreseeable future,” he said Christopher Greenwood, ABS Director, Middle East Business Development.

“This project demonstrates both Aramco’s and ABS’ commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s vision for 2030, and we are excited to support forward-thinking shipowners like Aramco and advance the cause of crew and asset safety.”

Abdullah O. Al-Tewairqi, Manager of Aramco’s Marine Division, said: “The notation ensures business continuity for Aramco’s offshore operations by establishing adequate isolation control of infectious diseases. This is an important milestone as we continue our journey with ABS to ensure Aramco’s vessels meet the latest requirements while maintaining Aramco’s position as a global leader in improving the well-being of offshore personnel and fostering the development of Strengthen measures to contain pandemics.”


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