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Exclusive : Marek Grzybowski 3 questions for Dariusz Rudziński, Board Member, PRS – Polish Register of Shipping

Polish Register of Shipping – 85 years of safety at sea and on land

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Marek Grzybowski :  Exclusive Interview  
PRS guidelines on hydrogen applications in the industry were published. PRS also focuses on the idea of ship autonomy, which attracts more and more attention of Polish and world maritime economy. PRS assists State Administrations, Underwriters, and the Society’s clients in ensuring the safety of people, property, the safety of carried cargo, and that of the natural environment.
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Marek Grzybowski: On the “Dar Pomorza” sailing ship we can see the unique exhibition “85 years of safety at sea and on land. Meet PRS! ” How would you characterize the Polish Register of Shipping today?

Dariusz Rudzinski : PRS history makes me proud but PRS looks ahead. Therefore, we are committed to remaining proactive and open to further development. PRS is going to continue its endeavors to improve operational methods and extend the range of services in the marine and non-marine sectors. We are cognizant of the fact that the shipping industry’s awareness of the need to curb GHG emission is building up its momentum. We zero in on assurance that the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy sources does not jeopardize safety. We are also developing our skills to serve the purpose of offshore wind energy development in Poland. 

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Marek Grzybowski: PRS is an independent expert institution acting on the international market, whose business is conducted for the benefit of the community. What does this mean in practice? 

Dariusz Rudzinski: In addition to the continuous development of the requirements both technical and procedural PRS exercises supervision and survey over ships and land undertakings, and issues appropriate documents. This way PRS assists State Administrations, Underwriters, and the Society’s clients in ensuring the safety of people, property, the safety of carried cargo, and that of the natural environment.

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Marek Grzybowski: Marine technology is developing dynamically. Innovative ships powered by LNG, methanol, hydrogen, and electric ships are created. Wind-driven ships are being designed. We have a course for autonomous ships. In what direction is PRS developing?

Dariusz Rudzinski: Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from international shipping was adopted in April 2018 with the following level of ambitions: – to reduce the average carbon intensity (CO2 emissions per transport work) by 40% in 2030 and 70% in 2050, compared to 2008; and  – to reduce total GHG emissions from shipping by 50% in 2050, compared to 2008 levels.
Shipping decarbonization, advocated by IMO, offers the industry great opportunities. The solutions aiming at GHG reduction may not only bring benefits for the environment but also provide a competitive advantage for, inter alia, designers, builders, and owners of the less or zero-emitting vessels. PRS supports the comprehensive efforts towards green shipping.
Last month PRS guidelines on hydrogen applications in the industry were published. PRS also focuses on the idea of ship autonomy, which attracts more and more attention of Polish and world maritime economy.

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