Maritime industry leaders discuss sustainability strategies

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Leaders in North America’s Maritime industry discussed the latest advances in sustainability and digital classification at the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) North America Regional Committee.

On Monday, ABS said sustainability was the new focus of the industry.

“As the industry embraces a new language of shipping, ABS is leading the way in technology, sustainability, and digital innovation,” ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki said. “In this era where regulations and standards need to move at the same pace as technological breakthroughs, our committees are more important than ever. To keep up with this pace, it is critical that we regularly tap into our collective knowledge base to support the innovations our clients require while maintaining a strong focus on safety.”

Changes in the industry are leading to a shift in focus, industry leaders said during break-out sessions that covered industry outlooks and market trends, as well as current and future IMO regulations, alternative fuels, and digital class.

“Increased demand in shipping, congestion in ports, and a focus on meeting decarbonization goals are driving the need for a new regulatory framework that is less prescriptive and more outcome-based,” said Rear Admiral Wayne R. Arguin, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). “As we develop requirements, we must make sure we are accounting for new risks associated with connected and cyber-enabled operations, alternative and renewable fuels and infrastructure, and ever-evolving technologies. All of this must be underpinned by quality data that is shareable and transparent to support safer and more sustainable shipping.”