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The (R)Evolution & the future of ‘class’

By Greg Trauthwein

The maritime industry is in the midst of a revolution, as mul- rom the sulfur cap in 2020 to the ballast water The American Bureau of Shipp- tiple technological trends and management technology ping (ABS) has adapted to the

F to the CO2 road map that changing business environment regulatory requirements have

IMO has decided on, there are by more closely aligning its many things happening on the operations and ‘right-sizing’ with made this a transcendent time regulatory side,” said Remi Erik- industry demands. As technology sen, Group President and CEO and regulations move the indus- for designing, building and out? t- at DNV GL. While new regulation try to risk-based, data-centric, has always been a strong driver cyber-in? uenced decision mak- ting the assets that move goods in maritime design and construc- ing, its team today looks differ- tion trends, it is met in 2018 by ent. “Our team is now delivering and people on waterways glob-

THE FUTURE OF CLASSIFICATION ‘the fourth industrial revolution,’ a range of work not possible in a digitized and data fed revolu- 2013, including industry-leading ally. Ships today are expected tion that helping to enable step projects with shipowners, regula- changes in technology and con- tors, equipment manufacturers, to hit new heights in ef? ciency, nectivity at a faster pace. governments, academia and “One area we have been invest- others on topics such as wear- safety and environmental cleanli- x ing in is digitalization and our able technology, drones and own digital journey, but also to unmanned systems, data strat- ness, connected, monitored and help our customers make the egy validation, condition-based transition to the digital world,” health monitoring, structural digi- (sometimes) controlled by shore- said Eriksen. tal twin development and predic- tive analytics,” said Christopher side personnel, an increasingly

Call it ‘digitalization’, call it ‘big J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President data’, the trend toward employing & CEO, ABS “Our digital jour- critical link in the global logistics an endless sea of data is simply ney is a key part of our Future- the sharpest tool in the toolbox Class strategy to transform the chain. At the tip of the spear today to drive real advances in traditional survey process, and ef? ciency and safety. Outside of continues program developments where technology and regulation maritime, the business models of already underway.” many industries – driven by the meet are classi? cation societies.

Google’s, Amazon’s and Uber’s The digital transformation at ABS of the world – have been upend- is not theoretical, it is real at the

Here, the heads of leading classi- ed. While maritime is traditionally very core of its service: survey. more conservative in its adoption “Today, the connected surveyor ? cation societies weigh in on the of new tech, that business model is empowered through mobil- is starting to change too, as the ity with applications that enable direction and pace of change.

industry ? irts with challenges both surveyors and clients to including autonomy and decar- better manage the survey pro- bonization. cess,” said Wiernicki. “Through 1989 1991 1992 1993

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