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CMA Shipping
38th Annual Expo & Conference
March 21-23, 2023Hilton Stamford | Connecticut, USA

Robert Ashdown
Secretary General at International Association of Classification Societies


Robert Ashdown has been Secretary General of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) since May 2015. He directs all the Association’s activities and initiatives, including relationships with the IMO, Flag Administrations, EU, as well as other industry associations and media relations.

Before joining IACS, Robert served as Secretary General of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in Brussels, where he represented the cruise industry towards the institutions of the European Union on all policy/regulatory issues and was responsible for transitioning the traditional passenger ship representation model into the European Chapter of the global CLIA organisation.

Robert has also worked for the UK Chamber of Shipping as Head of its Technical Division where he recalibrated the importance of environmental issues and developed the Chamber policy on GHG emissions. He was also head of the British Rig Owners Association (BROA) representing owners with marine offshore units operating in the North Sea.

Agenda Sessions

  • IACS Focus Session | Considerations for Safe Decarbonization