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ABS Brings North American Industry Leaders Together To Discuss Future Of Safety & Decarbonisation

Last updated on October 9th, 2019

ABS Brings North American Industry Leaders Together To Discuss Future Of Safety & Decarbonisation

At the annual ABS North America Regional Committee, the top leaders of the industry discussed matters related to safety, decarbonisation, data, and technology.

“Safety is a core value at ABS, so I am proud to be able to report to our members that not only do we retain an industry-leading position, but we are leading the way in understanding what safety will look like in a digital world,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, who actively participated in the Committee program.  “Thanks to our deep roots in North America, our committee includes the diverse expertise of many knowledgeable stakeholders. As we harness digital technologies and innovation to meet 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation objectives, we will need all of their vision and experience to ensure safety standards are not compromised and keep pace with technological advances.”

The best in class safety performance by ABS which includes more than two years of no incidents of work-related lost time was recognised. The superior Port State Control performance of ABS and strong fleet safety performance maintains safety and its mission.

The innovative work to develop ABS way to 2050 and the demystification of digital technology was also presented by ABS. A regulatory update from Jeffrey Lantz, U.S. Coast Guard Director, Commercial Regulations and Standards was also included in the agenda.

“As Greenhouse Gas reduction targets will dominate IMO in the coming years, this affords the maritime industry as a whole a great opportunity to show what they are already doing and can do in the future,” said Lantz.  “As environmentally forward-leaning leaders, the actions taken today by owners, operators and classification organizations will require regulators to recognize their progress and positive performance.”

“Shipping faces a range of significant regulatory and technological challenges today. By bringing together the leaders of the North American shipping industry, ABS is able to generate powerful insight into the solutions and services that will help us meet those challenges,” said Mark Ross, Chairman of the ABS North America Regional Committee and President of Chevron Shipping Company.

On the basis of both present tonnage and new construction orders, ABS is the leading classification organization in North America, including Equatorial American countries. Class services are provided by ABS to U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army, U.S. Maritime Administration, NOAA, National Science Foundation, Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard.

The Committee meetings act as a forum for ABS members, including owners, operators, charterers, and industry representatives from flag administrations, owner associations, and the shipbuilding and insurance sectors, where they can come together with the leaders from ABS to the issues and developments of the industry. To address the technical, operational and regulatory challenges with the industry, these forums play a great role.

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