Maritime industry leaders from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland attended the ABS Northern Europe Committee meeting to hear the latest thinking from ABS about the clean energy transition and sustainability strategies.
“With advanced solutions in technology and compliance, we are pioneering new sustainability strategies and services to help owners and operators along their decarbonization journey. Thanks to our long-standing relationships and years of experience in Northern Europe, our committee includes the diverse expertise of many knowledgeable stakeholders, which provides powerful insight to keep our industry in the forefront of the clean energy transition,’ said John McDonald, ABS Executive Vice President and COO.
ABS is a leading Class organization in Northern Europe with a leading orderbook position, and ABS’ Copenhagen office is home to one of the five global ABS Sustainability Centers, supporting marine and offshore clients with comprehensive decarbonization and sustainability solutions.
Patrick Ryan, ABS Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, delivered a comprehensive presentation on the wave of innovation and new technologies impacting the industry. Ryan reviewed three focus areas: digitalization, applied research, and the clean energy transition, each encompassing several technologies such as artificial intelligence, modeling and simulation and nuclear power, that are poised to revolutionize the marine and offshore industries.
Committee members also heard details of ABS’ industry-leading safety performance, the latest regulatory developments and market trends that were shared by ABS specialists.
“ABS brings us together to strengthen our cooperation and explore solutions in today’s unique and challenging landscape. This meeting is always a valuable forum for ideas, and I am happy to offer my support as chairman of this distinguished group of leaders. We look forward to more opportunities like this to share knowledge together,’ said Palle Laursen, Chairman of ABS’ Northern Europe Regional Committee.
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 the industry to address technical, operational and regulatory challenges.