Embedding Human Element Considerations into IACS Work

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The IACS Council convened in Rome for its 89th session (C89) under new Council Chair Roberto Cazzulo, focusing on integrating human element (HE) considerations early in all IACS work streams. Recognizing the importance of the ship’s crew in safely operating sophisticated vessels, IACS developed internal guidelines for a structured approach to address HE needs, according to an article published on its website.

Key Developments

  • Training and Guidelines: Over 150 IACS technical experts have undergone training on Human Element Impact Assessment, developed by IACS Members’ HE experts. The training addressed the complexity of modern ships, remote surveys, and automation. C89 agreed to promote this work through a High-Level Position Paper and engage with the Human Element Industry Group (HEIG) for broader industry collaboration.
  • Safe Digital Transformation: Following the establishment of the Safe Digital Transformation Panel, C89 reviewed initiatives in complex systems, data quality, and safety management for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS). New project teams will develop recommendations on ship data quality and cybersecurity.
  • Decarbonisation Initiatives: Progress was noted on five Unified Requirements for safe decarbonization, including lithium battery approval, hydrogen materials, ammonia treatment, carbon capture, and methanol firefighting systems. A Joint Industry Working Group on Safe Decarbonisation and collaboration with the Singapore MPA on gas dispersion simulation were also discussed.
  • Common Structural Rules: Extensive industry consultations are ongoing to refine IACS’ Common Structural Rules, with further meetings planned. These consultations aim to align IACS’ technical goals with industry objectives for safer and cleaner shipping.
  • Remote Survey Requirements: Reviewing the Unified Requirement on Remote Survey (UR Z29), C89 reaffirmed the commitment to maintaining high-quality standards for remote surveys and extended focus areas on consistent implementation and surveyor training until the end of 2025.

C89 concluded with the transition of Dr. Ajay Asok Kumar as the new Chair of IACS’ General Policy Group, succeeding Mr. LI Zhiyuan.

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Source: IACS