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ABS opens state-of-the-art global centre

Wed 14 Jun 2017 by Paul Fanning

ABS opens state-of-the-art global centre
The Global Ship Systems Center addresses the increasing complexity of mechanical and cyber-enabled systems onboard vessels

Classification society ABS has unveiled its Global Ship Systems Center and announced the formation of its Hellenic Technical Committee.

“This cutting-edge facility brings together industry-recognised technical leaders to support clients throughout the entire lifecycle of their assets,” said ABS chairman, president and chief executive Christopher J Wiernicki. “Leveraging our global technology leadership to assemble one of the most advanced technology centres in Greece only strengthens our rule development and advisory to the industry globally, and we are honored 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 on board vessels. As these systems are increasingly interconnected and optimised, a more advanced approach to address design and construction is required.

“As vessel system complexity evolves, so must the industry’s rules and guidance to fully support a systems-based approach,” said ABS executive vice president for global marine Dr Kirsi Tikka. “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.”

Led by Dr Elias Kariambas, director of the ABS Global Ship Systems Center, the ABS team is already leading nearly 40 projects covering topics such as ABS CyberSafety®, shafting and propulsion, LNG as fuel, control and automation, engine operations and maintenance, vessel performance, and emission controls, among others. The team collaborates with clients on innovative projects ranging from applications of advanced analysis on design, construction and operations to techno-economic evaluations of regulatory compliance options. 

Dr Christopher Leontopoulos, ABS technology manager, will chair the Hellenic Technical Committee which is comprised of more than 20 key technical professionals in the maritime industry, representing owners, operators and owner associations. The committee brings together ABS and industry leaders to discuss pertinent technical industry issues and developments. The meetings are an important part of an ongoing dialogue with industry to improve and enhance the ABS rules and guidance globally.