Vessel automation, demystifying digital technologies and pathways to 2050 compliance led the debate at the ABS German National Committee.
“ABS is committed to the German market and we have relocated European management to Hamburg to further enhance our deep relationships with German ship owners. This long-standing relationship means the Committee includes industry leaders that offer powerful insight on the technical and regulatory challenges facing the industry—as we harness digital technologies and innovation to meet 2030 and 2050 decarbonization objectives,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, who actively participated in the Committee program.
ABS continues to hold a leadership position as a global class organization in Germany and maintains a strong command of the new construction market. The Committee heard about the industry-leading safety performance of ABS, including achieving two years without a work-related lost-time incident. The superior Port State Control performance of ABS and strong fleet safety performance underline its focus on safety and its mission.
Guest speaker Oscar Levander, Rolls Royce Senior Vice President for Concepts & Innovation, discussed autonomous vessels and how they have the potential to be a disruptive force and redefine shipping.
“There was a high standard of dialogue amongst attendees that provided unique perspectives on issues facing shipping today,” said Tom Jacob, Managing Owner from Ernst Jacob and ABS German National Committee Chairman. “Such robust conversations help guide ABS on how best to address the industry challenges we face on our journey to 2020 as well as looking farther ahead to 2050.”
The Committee meetings are a forum for ABS members, including owners, operators, charterers, and industry representatives from flag administrations, owner associations, the shipbuilding and insurance sectors, to come together with ABS leaders and discuss industry issues and developments. They are an important part of an ongoing dialogue with industry to address technical, operational and regulatory challenges.