• 2018 June 8 12:25

    Chairman of IACS satisfied with association’s achievements, emphasises the importance of being agile

    Speaking at the Posidonia trade fair in Athens, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, who will hand over the reins of IACS in July, examined how the association had evolved during his time as Chairman.

    In an industry undergoing rapid change, the IACS Chairman identified the need for classification societies and IACS itself to be adaptable and prepared for change, while staying true to the core purpose of classification.

    According to IACS, Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said that over the past year great progress had been made in modernising classification to deal with the digital transformation of shipping: “I’m pleased to see the progress that was made in modernising the concept of class, to adapt to the digital transformation we see in shipping today. I say transformation because the progress has truly been astonishing. IACS has embraced the challenges and changes ahead, to support the industry – contributing to the development of a safer and more secure maritime world. Looking ahead, the organisation needs to continue to focus on being agile in addressing relevant industry topics, to strengthen the role of class and to ensure that IACS keeps its position as the leading technical association in these times of rapid change,” he added.

    “On behalf of the IACS organisation I would like to thank Knut and the DNV GL IACS team for the great collaboration throughout this chairmanship. The Chairman’s drive and ambition to modernise classification have prompted valuable discussions with the industry and the development of a robust long-term strategy that ensures the IACS organisation is fit for the future,” said Robert Ashdown, IACS Secretary General. IACS’ achievements during this chairmanship cover key areas such as autonomous shipping, cyber security, modern survey techniques, and internal benchmarking.

    In autonomy, an IACS working group has examined all the relevant resolutions, to identify which standards present potential regulatory barriers to autonomous ship operations. The findings included barriers relating to machinery and electrical systems, safety systems, hull structures and survey procedures. As a next step, a pilot project looked at how to overcome these barriers.

    To help the maritime community ensure the cyber-resilience of their assets, IACS established a joint industry working group focused on cyber safety. In its own panel, IACS is developing a number of recommendations for the newbuilding stage to assist shipbuilders in delivering cyber-resilient vessels. 

    As for the association itself, Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen noted that, for the first time in almost a decade, IACS has carried out a substantial revision of its membership criteria. In addition, a new internal benchmarking process supports members in improving their performance, while increasing the transparency of member’s quality performance. “These are important steps towards ensuring that IACS provides consistency in its high-quality support and becomes more transparent in its internal procedures,” said Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen.

    In closing, Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen emphasised his belief in the continuing importance of IACS in changing and challenging times: “The industry is changing. Our ways of working may be changing. But the purpose of classification still remains the same: To protect life, property and the environment.”

    Dedicated to safe ships and clean seas, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) makes a unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development. More than 90% of the world’s cargo carrying tonnage is covered by the classification design, construction and through-life compliance Rules and standards set by the twelve Member Societies of IACS.




2018 August 14

11:29 Rosterminalugol’s seven-month coal throughput hits the 13-million tonne mark
11:11 Crude oil futures price rises to $73.28 (London) and $67.81 (New York)
11:01 Diana Shipping announces continuation of time charter contract for m/v Protefs and a new time charter contract for m/v Nirefs with Hudson
10:58 GeoSea has taken delivery of self-propelled DP2 jack-up vessel ‘Apollo’
10:09 Safe Bulkers announces acquisition of a Capesize class dry-bulk vessel
09:30 Consolidated Marine Management selects ABS Advanced Solutions Enterprise Asset Management
09:14 Baltic Dry Index gains 18 points edging up to 1800pts mark
09:00 ABP to develop new technologies with Rolls Royce and Svitzer

2018 August 13

18:41 Port of Helsinki seven-month volume grows 10% to 8.88 million tonnes
18:27 Russian Gov’t to lend a helping hand to BAM and Transsib modernization project
18:23 HII awarded advance planning contract for CVN 74 RCOH
17:54 Nord Stream 2 submits application and EIA for an alternative route in Denmark
17:47 Board of Harbor Commissioners promotes Casey Hehr as Port of Long Beach Security Director
17:42 NYK to participate in demonstration project to remotely operate a ship
17:15 VT Halter Marine, Inc. launches VDOT's new ferry Powhatam
16:43 Swire Seabed's Seabed Worker commences new project with the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) to collect seabed data in the Norwegian Sea
16:38 Spot market price for Russian M100 product ended last week higher at nearly RUB 18,000 / pmt
16:24 RKS-ENGINEERING chosen as the Krasnoyarsk Dam Shiplift overhaul project contractor
15:19 Cammell Laird launches Leander Frigate website following worldwide interest
15:03 Sea Port of St. Petersburg spends RUB 15,8 mln on OH&S programmes
14:05 Yang Ming named Provider of the Year 2018
13:43 PortNews to host live webcast of Marine Robotics: Laws, Applications, Technologies Roundtable, in Moscow and Vladivostok, August 24
13:27 Hapag-Lloyd posts net loss of US$115.3m in H1 2018
13:27 Cargo traffic at Port of Riga in Jan-Jul up 4.4% to 20.8 million tonnes
13:04 Norwegian Cruise Line reports financial results for Q2 2018
12:27 Coldharbour opens Singapore office, plans expansion in Asia
12:03 SEA\LNG welcomes Mexico-based ÉNESTAS to its membership coalition
11:03 Diana Containerships announces time charter contract for m/v Pamina with HMM
10:35 Crude oil futures price falls 0.34% to $72.56 in London and 0.28% to $67.44 in New York
10:21 The fire in the Port of Antwerp may continue for several days
10:09 Cheniere and CPC sign 25-year LNG sale and purchase agreement
09:51 Cargill opens innovation center to help raise fish farming standards in Indonesia
09:32 Leaders of five Capsian states sign Convention on legal status of the Caspian Sea
09:18 Baltic Dry Index edges down to 1691 points

2018 August 12

10:23 Viking Supply Ships AS sells three Icebreakers
10:14 Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners appoints Security Director
08:21 Polarcus awarded 3D project in West Africa
07:16 CMA CGM announces PSS from Brazil to West, South and East Africa, Middle East, Indian Ocean & West Coast of North India

2018 August 11

09:18 Major ports of India register growth of 4.13% in April - July 2018
08:07 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
07:12 Freeport of Riga Authority renews its integrated management system certification
07:10 LNG carrier Pskov loads first cargo from Yamal LNG second train

2018 August 10

18:29 HHLA Real Estate announces new appointments
18:19 Gulf Island Fabrication reports Q2 results
17:35 Yang Ming reveals H1 2018 financial report
17:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Red Sea
16:23 Port of Hamburg welcomes MSC Meraviglia with over 5000 guests on board
16:16 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 5.3% to 178.8 million tonnes in 7M’18
15:54 Hapag-Lloyd posts results for H1 2018
15:44 Throughput of Russian seaports in 7M’18 grew by 3.1% to 463.70 million tonnes
15:02 Polarcus announces termination of support service agreements
14:32 m.v. Amstelborg delivers wind turbines at the Great Lakes
14:02 GE Transportation pilot project begins at the Port of Long Beach
13:32 Port of Antwerp introduces innovative autonomous sounding boat with unique technology
13:25 Vasily Strugov appointed Deputy General Director for Fleet of FSUE Rosmorport
13:02 Maersk Line announces implementation of Star Care Reefer Service (CAS) - Philippines to World
12:31 Port of Long Beach container volumes drop by 4.4 percent in July 2018
12:01 Maersk and IBM introduce TradeLens blockchain shipping solution
11:39 Aker Solutions secures work on Johan Sverdrup
11:39 Port of Rotterdam Authority to replace a section of the slopes