February 17, 2021 – The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) will be hosting its annual Marine Operations Seminar, “Marine Operations in a Disrupted World,” on February 25th, 2021 and will be, for the first time in the event’s…
ABS today announced its successful development of a groundbreaking new methodology to measure cyber security risk associated with operational technology, providing marine and offshore clients a calculated risk index for vessels, fleets and facilities. The index quantifies cyber security risk and gives owners and operators an actionable strategy to reduce cyber risk onboard a vessel.
Never before in recorded history has so much change and disruption in the shipping industry been occurring at such an accelerated pace. The advancements in digitalization, automation, and more are prompting risks as well as rewards, requiring intentional expertise. This intentionality will help mitigate risks and will help protect the marine environment from accidents and damage. -Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director, NAMEPA
Key appointments in organization’s digital class strategy build solid foundation for the future of classification
ABS Chairman, President and CEO calls upon insurance industry and class to work closer together in addressing the next-generation safety system.
ABS Chairman, President and CEO defines maritime industry’s transformation through digital innovation
(Houston, ABS Media Relations) ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has been selected by Dorian LPG to provide an in-depth techno-economic analysis, laying out compliance options for impending global sulfur cap requirements. Dorian LPG owns and operates a fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs), transporting liquefied petroleum gas around the world.
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) recently announced their joining the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance in advancing autonomous shipping. This alliance brings together key industry stakeholders to forge a path for the unmanned cargo ship.
In the KNect365 blog post last year: “12 experts evaluate the shipping industry's potential to go green” we discussed shipping’s potential to meet the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap. 2020 isn’t very far away, so the question arises - what are shipping companies actually doing right now? How many ships are actually using LNG? Are any commercial ships using biofuels, or wind?
Luckily, the answer comes to us from Dr. Nishatabbas Rehmatulla. In a paper published in January 2016, Dr. Rehmatulla and his team at University College London Energy Institute along with IMarEST, RINA and the MEPC surveyed 275 shipping companies representing 5,500 ships (or 20% of the wetbulk, drybulk and container industry). Just 1.5% of shipping companies said they were using LNG, .2% Biofuels, and .1% Solar. None of the companies that responded were using Wind Power, Kites, Sails or Flettner Rotors.
I asked several experts in the industry, including Dr. Rehmatulla, which alternative fuel they thought would see the largest growth by 2050. Will LNG remain on top of the heap – or will the recent highly publicized Norsepower/Maersk Tankers wind propulsion collaboration lead the way for commercial shipping to embrace wind shipping?