The helm of IACS from South Korea to India
Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has been elected as the new Chairman
Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has been elected as the new Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in a recent Council meeting held in Busan, Korea.
He took over on 1st July and outlined key priorities during his year long tenure which includes IACS to 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 the need to continuously strengthen the systems within IACS towards maintaining and enhancing quality operations and is also keen to enhance interaction with stakeholders towards affirming its relevance to the industry.
Sharma 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.
“This would be a very important step and one of the main priorities in the coming year” he said congratulating his predecessor Jeong-Kie Lee, Korean Register’s Chairman and CEO. “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.”