Posted on Jun 18, 2019
The pathway to low carbon shipping, industry cyber security leadership, empowering women in the maritime sector and celebrating the safety achievements of Norwegian shipowners were just some of the areas of focus for ABS at NOR-Shipping.
Taking place in Oslo, Norway, June 4–7 NOR-Shipping is a key week for the maritime sector to meet and discuss current and future industry trends.
ABS started the week with a press conference where it launched the new industry-leading Low Carbon Shipping Outlook. ABS Director of Sustainability, Gurinder Singh and ABS Executive Vice President Kirsi Tikka spoke on the path ahead for sustainable shipping. The Outlook defines ship technologies, operational efficiencies and alternative fuels and energy sources needed to reach 2030 and 2050 targets.
Cris De Witt, ABS Senior Technical Advisor participated in the Safety at Sea/BIMCO maritime cyber security round table. In his presentation he shared strategies to reduce cyber risk on maritime assets, specifically for operational technology (OT) systems which control core functions onboard the vessel.
ABS Director of Sustainability, Gurinder Singh joined the CIMAC conference where he spoke on regulatory issues covering subjects such as the IMO 2020 Global Sulfur Cap, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
ABS Executive Vice President Kirsi Tikka participated in a panel discussion hosted by IHS Markit where she discussed the implications and impacts of the impending IMO Global Sulphur Cap on the shipping industry.
Tikka also joined the IMO gender equality event where she talked about the importance of integrating women into the maritime sector.
She later joined Cathy Mann, ABS Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, for the ABS Empower Hour, an event for women innovators to network and discuss trends in the maritime industry. The event was held at the ABS stand and provided an informal platform for some of the industry’s female leaders to share knowledge and inspire the next generation of women to join and lead the industry forward.
Integral to ABS’ participation at Nor-Shipping, was its support of the AMVER Awards. The ABS sponsored ceremony recognized the contributions of Norwegian Shipping to the unique reporting system supporting search and rescue efforts for those in distress at sea.
Held at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Oslo, the ceremony saw 293 vessels from 33 Norwegian shipowners and operators honored for their commitment to maritime safety, making themselves available to assist in search and rescue activities anywhere in the world.
In Partnership with the Sailor’s Society, ABS served over 500 cups of ethically sourced BySea coffee supporting seafarers and their families around the world.