IACS commits to quality and engagement

IACS council chair, Arun Sharma Photo: IACS IACS council chair, Arun Sharma Photo: IACS
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The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has held its 79th Council session (C79) in South Korea where quality operations, new technologies and industry engagement were discussed.

Taking over the IACS chair on 1 July is Arun Sharma, executive chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping. Addressing the council, Mr Sharma outlined how he aims to improve the governance and leadership of the association, investigating data-driven decision making and renewing commitment to quality operations.

Congratulating the previous chair, Korean Register's Jeong-Kie Lee, on the progress made during his time in office, Mr Sharma said, "I am confident that with the support of all my council colleagues, IACS will be able to demonstrate the proactive commitment necessary to ensure that the association remains well positioned for the many challenges that face the maritime community."

Following the session, the council has begun the introduction of further enhancements to its Quality System Certification Scheme while continuing to work on the evolution of the International Quality Assessment Review Body whose aim is to provide greater transparency and independent oversight of IACS Members’ quality performance. The IACS council has also established a high-level group to assess how IACS can embed data into its policy making processes.

C79 reaffirmed further moves from IACS to deliver on its commitment to transparency and industry engagement. The council also welcomed the fact that IACS is now engaging more deeply and frequently than ever with its industry partners through a structured programme of engagement.

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