Freight Distribution

Services: Port Agents/Operators

Contact: Howard Fireman-Senior VP & Senior Advisor

Address: 253 North First Avenue , Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2551

Phone: 920.743.9271





The mission of ABS is to serve the public interest as well as the needs of our clients by promoting the security of life, property and the natural environment primarily through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.

Safety, Service, Solutions

These three goals define the activities of ABS. They are the bedrock upon which our commitment to set standards of excellence as one of the world’s leading ship classification societies is founded.

From its inception in 1862, setting safety standards for the marine industry has been the core commitment of ABS. This is achieved through the establishment and application of technical standards, known as Rules, for the design, construction and operational maintenance of ships and other marine structures. Classification is a process that certifies adherence to these Rules.

From its World Headquarters in Houston, TX, USA, ABS delivers services and solutions to a worldwide client list through a network of local representatives working from more than 150 offices in 70 countries.

The core competencies of this worldwide network of ABS professionals lie in the fields of survey, engineering and auditing. Backing these field representatives is an unequivocal commitment to research and development.

ABS is a not-for-profit corporation that has no capital stock and pays no dividends. All funds generated from fees for classification services are used solely for the performance of such services. A surplus of receipts in any one year is used for the extension and improvement of our services, including research and development.

American Bureau of Shipping serves the Northland, Arrowhead, Duluth MN Superior WI MSA, Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis county areas.