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Monday, December 13, 2021 

ABS recently hosted a committee forum for marine and offshore industry leaders from Qatar, with Qatari shipowners, managers, charterers, and shipbuilders hearing about ABS developments in digital class, safety, sustainability, environmental and social governance (ESG) as well as the pandemic impact .

John McDonald, ABS EVP and COO said: “As a leader in Classification in Qatar and the Middle East, we are able to bring together industry leaders who can offer powerful insight on the technical and regulatory challenges facing the industry. ABS is leading the way in maritime sustainability and the application of digital technologies and to sustain the development and delivery of these services and solutions, we rely on the unique blend of vision and expertise that is offered by our committees.”

The Committee heard about the safety performance of ABS and how Port State Control performance and fleet safety performance underline its focus on safety and its mission. The Committee was updated on key ABS technology developments, including digital class services such as advanced modelling and simulation as well as 3D plan review. ABS’ sustainability support for operators and the capability of the ABS My Digital Fleet risk management platform were highlighted.

Jagir Baxi, VP and Ventures Manager, ExxonMobil Qatar, delivered a presentation on the evolving energy mix required for a lower-carbon future.

ABS has a strong presence in Qatar thanks to long-standing relationships with the country’s marine and offshore operators.

The Committee meetings are a forum for ABS members, including owners, operators, charterers, and industry representatives from flag administrations, owner associations, and the shipbuilding and insurance sectors, to come together with ABS leaders and discuss industry issues and developments.

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