IACS updated the participants regarding recent developments on its current work and plans, including cyber security and preparation for the 2020 sulphur cap and cyber safety.


IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (DNV GL) introduced a series of measures agreed during IACS’ 76th Council Meeting (C76), in order to enhance IACS’ operations, transparency and modernisation.

In order to modernise Class, C76 noted that good progress has been made in reviewing IACS Resolutions to identify areas for revision that will enable the development and implementation of new technologies, including ship autonomy.

Moreover, an agreement was reached to revise IACS internal benchmarking criteria for existing members, and a new initiative as well, to investigate ways to strengthen the practical implementation of the IACS Quality System Certification Scheme (QSCS).

C76 also focused on four key areas:

  • Accredited Certification Bodies’ (ACB) audits of IACS members in 2018 on the ISM Code;
  • Conditions of Class/Recommendations;
  • Risk Managemen;
  • Training & Competence.