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For Immediate Release
Jul 14, 2015

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International Association of Classification Societies Welcomes New Chairman

Changing of the guard follows 71st meeting of IACS Council

(Houston) Christopher J. Wiernicki, the Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, a leading provider of maritime shipping and offshore classification services, was elected Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) on July 2, 2015.

Previously the position was held by Philippe Donche-Gay, the Executive Vice President and head of Marine & Offshore at Bureau Veritas. Like his predecessor, Wiernicki will lead IACS for one year.

The election of a new Chairman took place during the 71st meeting of the IACS Council. The Association also updated its strategy and action plan for the coming year.

Wiernicki says the plan is balanced in that it incorporates both new and existing commitments to industry issues as well as the continuation of work involving the safety of complex operating systems.

He also reflected about the importance of IACS, the role it plays in maritime safety and its work as the recognized technical advisor to the International Maritime Organization.

“The implementation of increasingly complex requirements and emergence of new technologies can prove problematic,” he added. “The complexity of these challenges is such that the role of IACS is more important than ever.

“At the same time, the success of our objectives continues to hinge on deeper collaboration and stronger partnerships with industry, which is something we must continue to strengthen in the months ahead.”

IACS intends to host a press conference with its new Chairman in London in late September. Details will follow.

About ABS

Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets. More information can be found at: www.eagle.org

About IACS

Dedicated to safe ships and clean seas, IACS makes a unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development. More than 90% of the world's cargo carrying tonnage is covered by the classification design, construction and through-life compliance Rules and standards set by the thirteen Member Societies of IACS. For more information visit: www.iacs.org.uk

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