IACS Meeting Discussed Strategic Matters

Monday, June 16, 2003
The 47th meeting of Council of International Association of Classification Societies, held in London on June 10-12. The meeting, which was chaired by Alan Gavin of LR, was constructive in considering strategic matters for the maritime community. Members have set priority to provide common classification rules for newbuilding scantlings, considering first double side skin bulk carriers and tankers, and then moving to other ship types. Council recognized the value of using small groups to fast track this process. IACS welcomed the decision taken at IMO MSC 77 to develop goal-based new ship construction standards. IACS will approach interested flag States and industry with a view to establishing an agreed approach before presenting a detailed proposal to MSC 78 in May 2004. Ugo Salerno, Chief Executive Officer at RINA, was elected as Chairman of IACS and will take over from 1 July 2003. Bernard Anne, Marine Director of BV, has been elected as Vice Chairman.
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