Jan Otto de Kat

Director of Energy Efficiency and Vessel Performance
Global Maritime Division, ABS
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Jan Otto de Kat has worked since December 2012 for ABS in Copenhagen as Director of Energy Efficiency and Vessel Performance in the Global Marine division. He has worked as Senior Director and Head of Innovation in the Maersk Maritime Technology division of A.P. Moller-Maersk between 2007 and 2012, where he coordinated new development projects aimed at reducing fuel consumption and environmental impact of the fleet.

From 1989 through 2006 he worked at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), the last 7 years as Director of Research and Development during which he was responsible for research related to ship propulsion, manoeuvring, seakeeping and offshore mechanics, instrumentation development and joint industry projects. He was chairman of the Cooperative Research Ships forum and the of the Cooperative Research Navies Dynamic Stability forum. At IMO he chaired the working group tasked with revision of the 1988 Load Line Convention.

He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in naval architecture and offshore engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and his B.Eng. degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.