The modern world poses a number of challenges and opportunities for the international shipping. They include, among others, the need to limit and, consequently, eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, establish a clear international regulatory framework for remote survey without compromising the required level of safety, to introduce safeguards against cyber threats or ensure the continuity of the supply chain by sea by securing timely changeover of ship crews. The above requires increased involvement and cooperation of various parties involved in the global maritime economy, such as maritime administrations, shipowners, insurers, financial institutions, ports, shipyards, design offices and classification societies. The challenges that have been adopted with the conviction that they will lead the world to a better future require determination and consistency in action from all parties involved. The diverse experience and high level of knowledge of individual entities is undoubtedly the strength of the industry. Enhanced cooperation will contribute to its reinforcement. On the other hand, segmentation of work on solutions for the decarbonization of shipping, its digitalization, implementation of solutions for autonomy ships or remote inspection techniques may lead to short-term and privileged position of some proposals, thus harming the quest for sustainable solutions. That is why it is so important, especially now, in the age of the global economy recovering from the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, to joint forces and resources.
From the perspective of the Polish Register of Shipping as a classification society, the overriding values on which our operations focus are safety, high quality and protection of the environment. The consistency of these goals with the changing technique and technology contributes to building trust and lasting relationships with all parties using the results of the classifier's work.
For many decades, experts gathered in classification societies associated in the International Association of Classification Societies - IACS have been working to improve safety, quality and environmental protection. PRS is one of the twelve members of IACS. The cooperation in the Association, lasting for over fifty years, allowed to build a strong forum aiming at ensuring the quality of world shipping. The experience so far shows that IACS has developed the position of the organization of the highest trust in the broadly understood maritime industry around the world. This was reflected in the memorandum signed by IACS and IMO in 2016, December. In this document, IACS was referred to as the principal technical adviser to the International Maritime Organization. No other non-governmental organization affiliated with IMO can boast of this title.
- Safety is a paramount value for which we must work together as equal partners. It concerns all of us, because the safety of the natural environment is also at stake. More and more countries and organizations perceive the need to protect it. More than ever, we must care for the environment - emphasizes Dariusz Rudziński, member of the PRS Management Board and at the same time a member of the IACS Council. IACS is an excellent forum for discussion and coordination of work in response to industry expectations and the need to support innovation and progress - adds Dariusz Rudziński.