ABS shares latest industry and technology developments with Italian maritime industry leaders

Developments in Digital and Remote Technologies, Big Data, Safety, Sustainability and the Impact of COVID-19 Discussed

Genoa - ABS brought together marine and offshore industry leaders from Italy and Monaco for its virtual ABS Italy National Committee Meeting.


Italian shipowners, managers, charterers, designers and shipbuilders heard about industry-leading ABS developments in digital and remote technologies, big data, safety, sustainability and the impact of COVID-19 on the maritime and offshore industries.


“Despite challenging maritime industry conditions, ABS has demonstrated its resilience by growing its classed fleet through 2019 and 2020 now to in excess of 270 million gross tons. We are tough, we are resilient and most importantly, we are well-positioned to continue our investments and lead our industry,” said Christopher Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. “As a leader in classification in Italy, we have been able to bring together industry leaders who can offer powerful insight on the challenges facing the industry—as we harness digital technologies and innovation to meet industry challenges and IMO 2030 and 2050 decarbonization objectives.”


The Committee heard about the best-in-class safety performance of ABS; how superior Port State Control performance and strong fleet safety performance underline its focus on safety and its mission. Committee members were also briefed on ABS’ latest digital sustainability solutions, including ABS Emissions Reporter™, which allows vessel operators to input and monitor their IMO Data Collection System and EU Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) review process with ease and efficiency.


The ABS Emissions Reporter is just the latest digitally enabled support for environmental compliance geared toward shipowners and clients launched by ABS, which also launched the ABS Environmental Monitor™ sustainability solution in February. A key part of the ABS My Digital Fleet™ risk management platform, ABS Environmental Monitor is one of the maritime industry’s most comprehensive digital sustainability solutions to help shipowners achieve their sustainability goals.


The committee also heard an update on key ABS technology developments, including using big data to realize digital class services and ABS’ support for decarbonization strategies, including marine fuel pathways, technical and operational options and services.


“With the fast pace of technological and regulatory development, it is a powerful advantage to have such depth of experience and knowledge to inform the development of solutions and services. The extensive input from industry leaders that the Committee makes possible is a highly valued resource,” said Cesare d’Amico, ABS Italy National Committee Chairman and CEO of D’Amico Società di Navigazione SpA.


“ABS has been investing in the team in Italy, expanding our resources to support the industry and working with new clients in new sectors on a range of technological, regulatory and environmental challenges. We continue to be a trusted partner to the industry in Italy and are seeing growth in our operations as a result of our approach,” said Vassilios Kroustallis, ABS Vice President, Europe Business Development.


ABS is one of the leading Classification organizations in Italy thanks to long-standing relationships with the country’s marine and offshore operators.


The Committee meetings are a forum for ABS members, including owners, operators, charterers, and industry representatives from flag administrations, owner associations, and the shipbuilding and insurance sectors, to come together with ABS leaders and discuss industry issues and developments.  These forums are an important part of an ongoing dialogue with industry to address technical, operational and regulatory challenges.