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Mr Arun Sharma

IACS elects IRClass as new chair

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has elected Arun Sharma, executive chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), as the new chairman.

Sharma took over as chairman of IACS on 1 July 2019 from his predecessor Lee Jeong-Kie, chairman and ceo of Korean Register (KR).

Sharma has outlined his 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.

He stressed on a need to continuously strengthen the systems within IACS towards maintaining and heightening quality operations. He is also keen to enhance interaction with stakeholders towards affirming its relevance to the industry.

The new chairman 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 will be one of the main priorities in the coming year,” Sharma said.

“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.”

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