Genoa - ABS held its annual Italian National Committee meeting this week, bringing together more than 40 maritime industry leaders from Italy and Monaco. The ABS Italian National Committee discussed global challenges facing the maritime industry as well as vessel automation, demystifying digital technologies and pathways to 2050 compliance. “ABS is building on its deep relationship with ship owners in Italy and Monaco and is now delivering innovative projects for marine and offshore clients. 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. ABS continues to hold a leadership position as a global class organization in Italy and Monaco.
ABS is involved in delivering key projects in the region’s offshore industry and gas sector, working with designers and ship yards on innovative new vessels. ABS has relocated operational management for a number of southern European countries to its Genoa offices, creating a Regional Coordination Center. 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 Jesper Rosenkrans, General Manager – Trading and Operations Europe and Africa, TOTAL Marine Fuels Global Solutions, examined the challenges of complying with IMO 2020. “Our Committee offers powerful insight on the challenges facing the industry and a far-reaching perspective,” said Cesare d’Amico, CEO of D’Amico Società di Navigazione SpA, and ABS Italian National Committee Chairman.
“The dialogue we have across our Committee helps guide ABS on how best to address the issues 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.