At Nor-Shipping, classification organisation ABS will focus on its efforts towards meeting the challenges of 2030 and 2050, together with shipping industry partners. Earlier this year ABS opened its Global Sustainability Centre in Singapore to bring together multiple projects around the decarbonisation of shipping.
These include studying the viability of alternative fuels and new energy sources, analysing decarbonisation pathways, the impact of seaborne trade growth and IMO targets on new vessel designs. The programme extends to the use of digital technology to simplify transactions and increase operational efficiency and the certification, verification and validation of new technologies.
“Today’s world is quickly changing, and the shipping industry is navigating a complex regulatory landscape and rapid technology changes. The IMO’s greenhouse gas reduction targets present an unprecedented challenge to the industry, since the targets cannot be achieved with today’s technology,” said director of Global Sustainability Gurinder Singh.
ABS believes class has a vital role to play in safely managing the transition to a low and ultimately zero carbon industry framework. In addition to the specific project focus, ABS plans initiatives including an industry education program, seminars and lectures, designed to raise awareness of maritime sustainability technologies and carbon reduction strategies.