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Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President, and CEO to Open North American Shipping Week

Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President, and CEO to Open North American Shipping Week 

September 27, 2021: Chief Evolution Officer, Carleen Lyden Walker, has announced that Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President, and CEO will deliver the opening keynote presentation at SHIPPINGInsight 2021: Bridging the Decade Fleet Optimization & Innovation Conference and Exhibition. This top tier conference, being held virtually October 11-13th will focus on challenges facing the maritime world entering the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” and is the lead event of North American Shipping Week, followed by the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2021 conference running October 13-15th.  Mr. Wiernicki will be addressing maritime decarbonization, which is particularly timely as the industry looks towards COP26 in November.

“Decarbonization of our industry represents a strategic opportunity for the entire industry, a structural realignment of historic proportions where the entire ecosystem and value chain is being shaken up. No one organization, no individual company, has the resources to meet this challenge alone. Success in the decarbonization of shipping will be, as it always is, a team sport. We will need to work together, pool our resources, experience, and knowledge if we are to achieve our sustainability ambitions,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

With disruptors like climate deadlines, automation and digitalization joining forces and creating a whirlpool of change and profound new opportunities for our industry, SHIPPINGInsight’s event is pivotal for the future success of shipping. Keynote addresses from other industry figure heads such as Ley Hoon Quah, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA); former USCG Commandant Admiral Thad Allen of HudsonAnalytix; Wah Kwong Shipping Holdings Limited’s Chairman, Sabrina Chao, also President of BIMCO; and Eagle Bulk CEO Gary Vogel will set a powerful tone for this collaborative and informative conference. Register today at SHIPPINGINSIGHT: 2021 Registration Page.

“Our focus at SHIPPINGInsight is building a community of collaborators as we face the challenges in this decade,” stated Ms. Walker.  “Our global industry is highly fragmented but must align in order to successfully navigate through the myriad of obstacles to achieving industry efficiency and reduced environmental impacts.  We are bringing together fleet managers with solution providers to reach our collective goals.”

SHIPPINGInsight 2021 is in its 10th year of providing a platform for fleet management and solution providers to exchange views and information on strategies for the maritime industry to accelerate change in order to meet the demands of society, regulations, operational risks, crew welfare and protection of the environment. This year’s three-day program will address industry challenges and changes through roundtable discussions between shipowners, regulators and solution providers around decarbonization, digitalization, defense, decisions, and disruption. Discussions around issues critical to industry today will be held during the “Decade of…” sessions, with decarbonization and digitalization in the forefront.  “Deep Dive” technical sessions will range from fleet management to fuel alternatives and safety at sea.

Participants in the program include Conference Chairman Angus Campbell, USCG’s Jeffrey Lantz, D’Amico’s Joe Gross, Fleet Management’s Mohan MuppidiGiorgos Kyriazis of P Ship Systems, Boriana Farrar of Patriot Contract Services, Jim Lawrence of MTI Network, International Seaway’s Jeff PriborCynthia Hudson of HudsonAnalytix, Keegan Plakson of ABSMichael Parker of Citibank and the Poseidon Principles, Michael Webber of Webber Research, Morten Arntzen of Team Tankers, Semiramis Paliou of Diana Shipping, Chembulk CEO Bart Kelleher, Ardmore’s Tony Gurnee, Rob Hughes of Genco Shipping, Sadan Kaptanoglu of Kaptanoglu Shipping, Max Bobys of HudsonAnalytix, Mark O’Neil of Columbia Shipmanagement, Guy Platten of the International Chamber of Shipping, and Knut Ørbeck-Nielssen of DNV.

The capstone of the event is SHIPPINGInsight’s SHARK TANK where representatives of new technologies (“Chum”) pitch their products and services to a panel of judges (“Sharks”).  The winner will receive SHIPPINGInsight’s Innovation Award, and every year most participants find funding or sponsors for their innovations. The award is presented annually to honor a solution provider for the successful development and implementation of an innovative initiative that advances the state of the art in ship and fleet optimization goals.  The 2020 Innovation Award was presented to Sterling PBES (SPBES) for their hybrid battery power for vessel operations which provides a cost-effective system to reduce fuel emissions and “future-proof” sources of energy for vessels. SHIPPINGInsight is proud to attract such innovative products and services to its SHARK TANK every year from all around the world and are excited to see the “Chum” of 2021.

To register to attend SHIPPINGInsight 2021: Bridging the Decade, visit SHIPPINGInsight Conference Registration.

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