Propelling Classification through Continued Cooperation


CCS' Dr. Sun Licheng takes over IACS Chair from Christopher J. Wiernicki


Dr. Sun Licheng, the Chairman and President of China Classification Society (CCS), assumed the role of IACS Chairman at the end of the 73rd session of the IACS Council (C73) in Washington, DC on June 29, 2016. Previously, the role was held by Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO, ABS.

On assuming his Chairmanship, Dr Sun commented: "I am delighted to take on the IACS Chairmanship and am fully committed to ensuring the Association continues to make strong progress in these challenging times." Identifying the key objectives for his time in office, and reflecting the discussions at C73, Dr. Sun continued: "Meeting our commitment to the IMO on Goal-based Standards, driving forward the work on cyber safety and facilitating the use of innovative survey techniques will contribute to IACS continuing to be an essential provider of services in the safe and efficient functioning of the global maritime industry."

In this 25th Anniversary year of IACS Quality System Certification Scheme (QSCS), the IACS Council welcomed the fact that the global Port State Control performance of IACS Members has steadily improved in a climate of increased ship inspections.

Commenting on his predecessor?s contribution, Dr. Sun stated: "Following Chris' strong leadership, IACS is well positioned to continue working with regulators and industry on the critical issues of today and tomorrow and I will be working hard to further strengthen these relationships."

In response, Wiernicki thanked fellow Members for their support during his time in office. "Working together, we have achieved a number of highly ambitious goals and made considerable progress for IACS to deliver significant technical advisory achievements including the establishment of the Cyber Systems Panel, the IMO recognition that IACS' Members' Rules comply with Goal-based Standards, and the groundwork development for enhanced collaboration between IACS and the IMO," he said. "Like me, Dr. Sun will enjoy the outstanding support of the IACS Permanent Secretariat who work tirelessly to deliver the IACS' members' objectives of delivering safer ships on cleaner oceans."

Further details on IACS? strategic focus for the coming year will be delivered at a press conference with the new Chairman on Wednesday, 7th September in London.

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Contact: Robert Ashdown, IACS Secretary General E: T: +44 (0) 20 7976 0660

Notes to Editors:

  1. Dedicated to safe ships and clean seas, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) makes a unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development.
  2. More than 90% of the world?s cargo carrying tonnage is covered by the classification design, construction and through-life compliance Rules and standards set by the twelve Member Societies of IACS.
  3. The IACS Council, the governing body of the Association, consists of one representative from each Member Society. The Council elects a Chair, by rotation, from among its Members. The Chair acts as the Principal Officer of the Association for a period of 12 months.
  4. More information about IACS can be found by visiting our website:

International Association of Classification Societies Permanent Secretariat 6th Floor 36 Broadway London SW1H 0BH UK E: T: +44 (0)20 7976 0660

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