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Thursday, March 15 2018 - 00:39
Chairman Knut Orbeck-Nilssen Sets Out Transformation of IACS at CMA Shipping 2018
STAMFORD, Connecticut and HAMBURG, Germany, 15 March, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Speaking at Shipping 2018, the Connecticut Maritime Association's (CMA) annual 
conference, Knut Orbeck-Nilssen, IACS Chairman and CEO of DNV GL - Maritime, 
looked at some of the initiatives taken at the International Association of 
Classification Societies (IACS) that were changing the organisation.  

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"It is my duty and honour to encourage the world's biggest classification 
societies to pull together to adapt to this rapid pace of change and create a 
strong foundation for IACS as the leading maritime technical association," said 
Knut Orbeck-Nilssen. The changes at IACS were not a "sudden revolution, where 
we throw everything we know overboard and start back at one", he said, but 
rather "an evolution, a gradual transformation to becoming more advanced, more 
transparent and more efficient in serving our industry."

IACS was embracing the challenges of the digital transformation of shipping and 
had already launched several projects to help the industry adapt to recent 
shifts in markets, regulations and technologies, Orbeck-Nilssen noted. In a 
dedicated working group, IACS has examined all the relevant resolutions, to 
identify which standards present potential regulatory barriers to autonomous 
ship operations. In addition, IACS is supporting the industry by leading the 
work on the development of a common terminology for different levels of 

To help the maritime community ensure the cyber-resilience of their assets, 
IACS established and is taking the lead in an industry working group focused on 
cyber safety. The working group addresses common safety issues with 
interconnected systems, sharing best practices and keeping up to date with new 
developments. To facilitate the use of modern survey technology, IACS is also 
taking a fresh look at its survey requirements. Potential revisions could cover 
advanced non-destructive testing and remote inspection techniques.

IACS itself was a focus of the changes as well, added Ørbeck-Nilssen: "As our 
way of working changes, the Association has taken a fresh look at its internal 
procedures. Our focus is to ensure that the services delivered by both new and 
existing members keep up with regulatory developments and meet the highest 
quality standards."

But even in a rapidly changing world, IACS and the classification societies 
would stay true to their ideals, said Orbeck-Nilssen: "And when everything 
around us is in motion, class aspires to be a beacon of light setting the 
course ahead - with modern requirements, transparent processes and the highest 
quality of service. The industry is changing. Our ways of working may be 
changing. But the purpose of classification remains the same: To protect life, 
property and the environment."

Media contact DNV GL:
Nikos Späth, Head of Media and Public Relations
DNV GL Maritime Communications
Tel.: +49-(0)40-36149-4856

Source: DNV GL