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New IACS chairman promises to gear class up for the digital era

New IACS chairman promises to gear class up for the digital era

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Speaking at a press conference in London on Wednesday, the new chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, vowed to make class more responsive to the technology changes sweeping through shipping.

Ørbeck-Nilssen, the CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, announced a series of initiatives with modernisation very much at the heart of his IACS tenure.

“Our industry is becoming more complex,” he said. “Digitalisation is changing not only the way the shipping business is being conducted, but the systems themselves and the way they interact together. Because of this, class needs to be adaptable and flexible in our delivery and thinking. IACS members should be enabled to provide the services that our stakeholders require in the digital age, as these are essential for competitive and safe operations.”

As part of his time as chairman, Ørbeck-Nilssen will be initiating a review of IACS Resolutions to identify and remove elements hindering the development of new technologies, including ship autonomy. In addition, IACS will commence work on developing procedures relating to the deployment of electronic certificates, while continuing to support the IMO’s work in promoting their use throughout the industry.

Modernising survey methods and enabling the use of new technologies will be another focus area. Ørbeck-Nilssen is overseeing the evaluation and further development of the results of the newly established working group reviewing the implications of new survey technologies and techniques, including CBM (condition based monitoring) and RMD (remote monitoring and diagnosis), with a view to developing IACS guidelines and recommendations that enable the data from these new techniques to be used more widely in the survey process.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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