Roberto Cazzulo of RINA will be the new Chair of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) as from 1 January 2024. Cazzulo was elected as new Chair during the meeting of IACS Council in the port city of Gdansk, Poland, for the Council’s 87th session (C87). 

Speaking at the end of C87, the current IACS Chair, Nick Brown of Lloyd’s Register, congratulated Roberto Cazzulo on his election and looked forward to a smooth handover over the next six months. 

Responding, Mr. Cazzulo said that “it is an honour for me to be elected and I look forward to building on the excellent work done by Nick Brown in ensuring IACS is well positioned to meet the environmental and technological challenges faced by shipping.”

Roberto P. Cazzulo graduated in civil engineering from the University of Genoa in Italy but he has spent almost his whole professional life in maritime regulatory affairs.

He joined RINA in 1981 within the R&D Marine Division and currently, he is Secretary General of Registro Italiano Navale, the RINA main shareholder.

Since the ’80s he has represented IACS and the Italian Administration at the IMO, for instance chairing the working group on the Human Element and Formal Safety Assessment of the Maritime Safety Committee, and contributing to the development of the International Safety Management Code and Goal Based Standards for ship construction.

Cazzulo chaired IACS in 2013-2014 when the Common Structural Rules for tankers and bulk carriers were adopted and submitted to the IMO for GBS verification. He has been also elected chairman of the IACS Council for 2024-2025.

Dedicated to safe ships and clean seas, IACS makes a unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development.

More than 90% of the world’s cargo carrying tonnage is covered by the classification design, construction and through-life compliance rules and standards set by the eleven Member Societies of IACS.