ABS Chairman and CEO appointed Visiting Professor at National University of Singapore

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An innovative program from Seatrium to promote the energy transition and develop next-generation skills in Singapore has selected Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman and CEO, to be its first Visiting Professor.

Seatrium Professorships at the National University of Singapore College of Design and Engineering (NUS CDE) seek to attract top talents from the energy transition and sustainability sectors to Singapore to promote knowledge transfer and support development of innovative technology and processes.

“We are living in the early innings of a decade of change driven by digitalization and the clean energy transition. It will reshape our entire industry, disrupting established business models, relationships and operational strategies. The technology driven advances will require new ways of thinking as well as a radically altered skills profile. This initiative from Seatrium and NUS will make a valuable contribution to helping the industry adapt and ready itself to capitalize on the huge potential afforded by a more sustainable industry. I am honored to be able to contribute,” said Wiernicki.

Seatrium CEO Chris Ong said: “Investing in the research and development of innovative technology and processes is paramount to achieving success in the rapidly evolving landscape of energy transition and sustainability. The Seatrium Professorship seeks to empower the local workforce to create innovative, sustainable solutions towards a lower carbon future. We are committed to attracting top talent, inspiring interest and fostering knowledge exchange in the future of renewable energy technologies.”

Wiernicki will be giving a series of lectures at NUS CDE as part of the Seatrium program. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is often called to lecture at the university and board level to provide industry insights, trends, outlooks and comments regarding technology readiness timelines.

Separately, ABS was honoured with a US Coast Guard for its decades of support and advancing safety in the maritime industry. Wiernicki commented: “The ongoing strength of this unique relationship is critical in a world of accelerated change due to alternative fuels, technological complexity, and the worldwide transition to low-carbon shipping. Our partnership is the cornerstone of America’s collective success in ensuring safety at sea and protection of the natural environment.

“As geopolitical tensions make for more uncertain seas and technology creates a dynamic new risk environment for us all to navigate, the deep understanding and shared sense of mission between ABS and the Coast Guard is only going to become more fundamental to our continued security.
“Success is a team sport. Safety is a shared responsibility and the mantra of our industry, and people are the real heroes. I believe that together, and only together, we can deliver a modern U.S. waterborne transportation system and safer, cleaner seas for all.”