ABS shares latest industry and technology developments with Qatar’s maritime industry leaders

Source: press release, 28 January 2021

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki (photo: ABS)

ABS brought together marine and offshore industry leaders from Qatar for its virtual ABS Qatar Committee Meeting.

Qatari shipowners, managers, charterers, and shipbuilders heard about industry-leading ABS developments in digital and remote technologies, big data, safety, sustainability and the impact of COVID-19 on the maritime and offshore industries.

“As a leader in Classification in Qatar and the Middle East, we are able to bring together industry leaders who can offer powerful insight on the technical and regulatory challenges facing the industry – as we harness digital technologies and innovation to meet industry challenges and IMO 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation objectives,” says Christopher Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO.

The Committee heard about the best-in-class safety performance of ABS; how superior Port State Control performance and strong fleet safety performance underline its focus on safety and its mission.

“ABS is continuing to invest in Qatar and firmly believes the future is bright as the country moves forward with its 2030 National Vision. Together we are working on harnessing the potential of advanced maritime technologies to deliver a modern, sustainable Qatari fleet,” says Peter Fitzpatrick, ABS Vice President, Strategic Development.

The committee also heard an update on key ABS technology developments, including using big data to realise digital class services and ABS’ support for decarbonisation strategies, including marine fuel pathways, technical and operational options and services.

ABS is one of the leading Classification organisations in Qatar thanks to long-standing relationships with the country’s marine and offshore operators.

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 industry to address technical, operational and regulatory challenges.