The ACS (Association of Asian Classification Societies) held its 28th Annual Executive Committee meeting (EC28) by virtual meeting due to COVID-19 pandemic on 18th November 2020, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Rudiyanto, CEO & President Director of Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia(BKI). All of the seven ACS member societies were present at the meeting.
In his opening remarks the Chairman emphasized that the strategic directions of ACS are to pursue improvement of ACS Members’ performance and their technical contributions to the Asian maritime community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, technical cooperation and support through face-to-face meetings is difficult, but he also mentioned the importance to strengthen interactions and cooperation with Asian shipping and shipbuilding industry as well as Administrations in this region to promote regional maritime safety and protection of marine environment even through virtual means.
There were discussions regarding ACS internal and external activities to promote technical cooperation in the Asian region during the COVID-19 pandemic. The members were invited to remain more actively engaged in correspondence and to consider utilizing virtual meeting methods etc. to proceed ACS technical activities.
ACS Annual Report on PSC Inspection has been compiled and uploaded on ACS Website along with the PSC detention data for 2017~2019 of the ACS Member Societies’ classed vessels and analysis to provide useful guidance to ship operators and crew on board the ships. In addition to the ACS Annual PSC Report, the revised “Questionnaire to address the top 6 detainable deficiencies in the ACS fleets” was issued to provide the latest trends in PSC detention to assist shipowners, crew and surveyors to take necessary preventive steps to avoid detention of ships.
At this session, ACS members have unanimously elected NK as the Chairing Society of ACS for the year 2021.
ACS was formally founded in February 2010 with 6 founding members that are Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia(BKI), China Classification Society(CCS), Indian Register of Shipping(IRS), Korean Register(KR), Nippon Kaiji Kyokai(NK) and Vietnam Register(VR). On 1st January 2018, Ship Classification Malaysia(SCM) became the 7th member of ACS. The purpose and aims of ACS is to promote ship safety at sea and protection of the marine environment and, in cooperation with other partners in the maritime community, and to purse improvement of ACS members’ performance and their technical contributions to the maritime community based on their accumulated technical knowledge and expertise.
Contact: Jeong-chong JEON, ACS Secretary (Seoul +82-70-4916-8140, E-mail:Secretary@asiancs.org)