Leading classification society, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS), participated in London International Shipping Week 2023, demonstrating its commitment to sustainability in the maritime industry. At this global maritime arena, IRS hosted two notable events: a Round Table and a Technical Seminar that gained widespread industry attention and engagement.
The Round Table discussion on “Seascape 2030 – Decarbonisation and the Human Element” debated the critical issue of how the transition to a new fuel ecosystem and continuous technological evolution will impact the future workforce. The topic was kicked off by renowned shipping economist Dr Martin Stopford with fellow panellists Savraj Mehta from North Standard, Lee Martindale of Wartsila and Ben Darnton from Halcyon Recruitment sharing insights on the vital role human element will play in developing sustainable technologies and systems. The discussion was moderated by Penny Thomas of Navigate PR.
Additionally, IRS’ Technical Seminar which focussed on Decarbonisation, Alternate Fuels & Human Element was well received for its content and relevance to the maritime industry’s pressing challenges. Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping, delivered a brief address, stressing the importance of these topics for shaping the future of the shipping industry. Vijay Arora, Managing Director of IRS gave a detailed presentation which followed a high level of audience engagement, with several questions posed on decarbonisation and the human element.
Arun Sharma, IRS Executive Chairman said, “IRS is committed to innovation, sustainability, and collaboration within the maritime sector. Hosting these impactful discussions during LISW reaffirms IRS as a leading voice in promoting responsible practices in shipping. IRS remains dedicated to driving positive change and encouraging the adoption of sustainable technologies and maintaining focus on the aspect of human element during this transition.”