Marine Industry Leaders Discuss Sustainability Strategies

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North American shipping industry leaders discussed the latest advancements in sustainability and digital classification at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) North America Regional Committee.

On Monday, ABS said sustainability was the industry’s new priority.

“As the industry embraces a new language of navigation, ABS is leading the way in technology, sustainability and digital innovation,” said ABS President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “At a time when regulations and standards need to keep pace with technological advances, our committees are more important than ever. To keep up with this pace, it is essential that we regularly tap into our collective knowledge base to support the innovations our customers need while focusing on safety.

Changes in the industry drive a change in focus, industry leaders said in breakout sessions that covered industry outlook and market trends, as well as current and future industry regulations. IMO, alternative fuels and the digital classroom.

“Increased demand for shipping, port congestion and a focus on meeting decarbonization goals necessitate a new regulatory framework that is less prescriptive and more results-oriented,” said Rear Admiral Wayne R. Arguin , Jr., US Coast. Guard (USCG). “As we develop requirements, we need to ensure that we consider new risks associated with connected and cyber operations, alternative and renewable fuels and infrastructure, and ever-changing technologies. All of this must be underpinned by shareable and transparent quality data to support safer and more sustainable navigation.