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ABS unveils new Global Ship Systems Center

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ABS has unveiled its new Global Ship Systems Center and announced the formation of its Hellenic Technical Committee in Athens, Greece.

The Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, Christopher J. Wiernicki, said: “This cutting-edge facility brings together industry-recognised technical leaders to support clients throughout the entire lifecycle of their assets.

“Leveraging our global technology leadership to assemble one of the most advanced technology centers in Greece only strengthens our Rule development and advisory to the industry globally, and we are honoured to establish such a credentialed Technical Committee here in direct support of these efforts.”

Through a systems-based approach, the Global Ship Systems Center addresses the increasing complexity of mechanical and cyber-enabled systems onboard vessels. As these systems are increasingly interconnected and optimised, a more advanced approach to both construction and design is necessary.

Kirsi Tikka, ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine, said: “As vessel system complexity evolves, so must the industry’s rules and guidance to fully support a systems-based approach.

“Our commitment to set standards for safety and excellence as one of the world’s leading classification organisations is based on the rules and standards we develop and refine, and the global industry experience and input from our Technical Committee members in Greece is invaluable.”

The ABS team – led by the Director of the ABS Global Ship Systems Center, Elias Kariambas – is currently already leading almost 40 projects. These cover topics such as ABS CyberSafety®, shafting and propulsion, LNG as fuel, control and automation, engine operations and maintenance, vessel performance, and emission controls, etc. The team works alongside clients on projects ranging from applications of advanced analysis on design, construction and operations to techno-economic evaluations of regulatory compliance options.

In alignment with both local and global universities and research centers, the ABS Global Ship Systems Center will provide a premier research and development capability to help address current industry issues whilst also determining solutions for the future.

To support the center, ABS established its Hellenic Technical Committee to actively participate in the development and updating of standards used in the design, construction and surveys of vessels, as well as other marine and offshore structures, and a number of specialised systems.

The committee will be chaired by Christopher Leontopoulos, ABS Technology Manager, and consists of over 20 key technical professionals in the maritime industry, representing owners, operators and owner associations. The committee brings together ABS and industry leaders to talk about key industry issues and developments. ABS claims that these meetings are an important part of an on-going dialogue with industry to improve the ABS rules and guidance worldwide.

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