Modernisation and transparency to be IACS priorities

11 Sep 2017
Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen will lead the improvement of the quality and transparency of internal benchmarking, performance and membership criteria at IACS

Modernisation and transparency will be key focuses of IACS going forward.

New IACS chairman, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, outlined the importance of changing to meet the needs of digitalisation as he announced a series of new IACS initiatives.

Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said: “IACS members should be enabled to provide the services that our stakeholders require in the digital age, as these are essential for competitive and safe operations.”

Internal benchmarking

In 2018, IACS will aim to improve the quality and transparency of internal benchmarking, performance and membership criteria.

Ørbeck-Nilssen will oversee the implementation of this as part of IACS’ commitment to extending the length of its strategic plan to five years, aligning it with the IMO.

He will also initiate a review to identify and remove elements hindering the development of new technologies, including ship autonomy.

In addition, IACS will commence work on developing procedures relating to the deployment of electronic certificates, while continuing to support the IMO’s work in promoting their use throughout the industry.

New technology

Modernising survey methods and enabling the use of new technologies will be another focus area.

Ørbeck-Nilssen is overseeing the evaluation and further development of the results of the working group set up to review the implications of new survey technologies and techniques, including CBM (condition based monitoring) and RMD (remote monitoring and diagnosis), with a view to developing IACS guidelines and recommendations that enable the data from these new techniques to be used more widely in the survey process.

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