Classification society ABS has announced a global expansion of its sustainability support for the industry with three new centers of excellence in key areas.
Located in Athens, Houston and Copenhagen, together with the Global Sustainability Center that opened in Singapore in 2019, the new centers now create a global network of support.
Athens is the center of ABS vessel performance and efficiency expertise. In Houston, a range of specialists deliver industry-leading expertise in alternative fuels, waste streams and human centric design. Copenhagen is a center of excellence in vessel innovations and fuel technologies. Singapore is the home of ABS sustainability reporting and environmental, social and governance strategy expertise.
“Decarbonisation of the shipping industry is the biggest challenge faced by this or any other generation and ABS is investing to ensure we can support the marine and offshore industries accordingly,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS chairman, president and ceo.
Wiernicki added that ABS remains committed to working with the industry to meet IMO decarbonisation objectives.
Georgios Plevrakis, ABS global sustainability director, said: “We understand what it is going to take to get the industry to 2050. The road is long and challenging but we are giving ourselves the tools to meet that challenge. This is just the start. This new global structure, combined with our industry partnerships will enable us to make a significant contribution.”
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