The Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has been elected as head of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) at a recent council meeting of the association.
Arun Sharma took over as chairman on July 1 and is set to serve in this role over the next 12 months.
One of his key priorities during the tenure will include seeing IACS take a larger role in industry matters with a view to provide value added services to owners on the implementation of regulatory requirements.
Sharma stressed on the need to continuously strengthen the systems within IACS towards maintaining and enhancing quality operations.
Sharma also highlighted that IACS recognises the importance of good data in decision-making to guide its policy decisions and work has commenced on the formulation of IACS data driven policy.
“I am grateful to Jeong-Kie for his personal commitment to IACS during his chairmanship and for laying the groundwork on a number of key initiatives that will be my responsibility to bring to conclusion,” the new chairman commented.
“I am confident that with the support of all my council colleagues, IACS will be able to demonstrate the proactive commitment necessary to ensure that the association remains well positioned for the many challenges that face the maritime community.”