ABS Italian National Committee 2020 Sulphur Cap, Cybersecurity and Digitisation

Adam Foster
Adam Foster

02 April 2018


ABS held its annual Italian National Committee meeting this week, bringing together more than 50 maritime industry leaders. The group discussed global challenges facing the maritime industry as well as an evaluation of strategies to meet the IMO’s 2020 Sulphur Cap and a look ahead to 2030, when vessel data is likely to play a significant role in the compliance regime. “As a Recognized Organization for Italy, we continue to strengthen our relationships with ship owners in Italy and Monaco. The National Committee is an example of how we work closely together to tackle their pressing technical, operational and regulatory challenges,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, who actively participated in the Committee program. This is the first time in more than 60 years that ABS held its Italian National Committee meeting in Monaco, demonstrating the organisation’s strong ties with ship owners across both countries. During the meeting, the committee heard about the industry-leading safety milestone ABS accomplished in 2017, reaching one year without a work-related lost-time incident, which exemplified its global focus on safety and its mission. ABS also presented its innovative work with industry partners and academia on data and digital technologies designed to improve the delivery of classification services for clients. There was an update on ABS’ groundbreaking work in the cybersecurity arena and guest speaker François Cadiou, President of BRS Group – Luxembourg, gave an overview of the shipping and shipbuilding market. “With the fast pace of technological development, it is a powerful advantage to have such depth of experience and knowledge to inform the development of solutions and services,” said Cesare d’Amico, CEO of D’Amico Società di Navigazione SpA, and ABS Italian National Committee Chairman. “The extensive input from industry leaders that the Committee makes possible is a highly valued resource.”