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ABS Paves the Path to Sustainability at London International Shipping Week

Posted on Oct 03, 2019



ABS joined thousands of global shipping leaders at London International Shipping Week (LISW19) where more than 200 official events took place.

ABS began the week by hosting a high-profile panel discussion debating the industry’s decarbonization challenge.

CEO of JP Morgan Global Transport Andrian Dacy; Global Head of Wet Freight at Trafigura Rasmus Bach Nielsen and CTM CEO John Radziwill joined ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki for a discussion on the Journey to 2050: Beyond State-of-the-Art, moderated by TradeWinds Editor-in-Chief Julian Bray. They were joined by special guest UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani who welcomed guests to the exclusive event.

The panel offered insights on new technologies that can make shipping more efficient, new and existing alternative fuels, carbon emission reduction strategies, sources of finance in a decarbonizing economy and the impact of shipyard consolidation on new vessel designs.



An integral part of ABS’ participation at LISW19 was its long-standing support of the Amver Awards by sponsoring a ceremony recognizing the contribution of UK shipping to the unique reporting system supporting search and rescue efforts for those in distress at sea.

The awards honored 397 UK managed vessels from 54 companies for their commitment to maritime safety, making themselves available to assist in search and rescue activities anywhere in the world.



ABS Director of Global Sustainability, Georgios Plevrakis, participated in the International Chamber of Shipping’s 2019 conference focused on Setting the Course for 2050: Powering Global Trade.



Cathy Mann, ABS Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communication joined Ship Management International’s roundtable event “Empowering Women in Shipping.”

ABS Concluded LISW19 by winning the “BEST CLASSIFICATION SOCIETY” award at the IMC Golden Shield Excellence Awards 2019 – UK Chapter. The Award ceremony that took place at the historical Old Library in London. ABS Business Development Director David Davenport-Jones accepted the award on ABS' behalf.

LISW19 provides a platform to host bilateral meetings with government delegations and senior industry figures to explore partnerships, future opportunities outside the European Union and examine how to help significantly boost maritime exports.