ABS Elects New Council & Committee Members

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April 25, 2013

abs logo(New York) At the 151st Annual Meeting of the Members of ABS, and the subsequent meeting of the ABS Council, industry leaders were elected to serve on a number of bodies that contribute to the operation of the classification society as it fulfills its mission of promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment.

“ABS’ strength as a global classification society is drawn from its membership and the many regional, national and technical committees that contribute to the process of developing practical, impartial and authoritative standards,” said ABS Chairman Robert D. Somerville.

During the Annual Meeting of Members the following individuals were elected to the ABS Council until they no longer hold office:

  • Tony Nassif, ABS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Robert G. Clyne, ABS Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
  • James G. Gaughan, ABS Vice President and Chief Engineer
  • Maria F. O’Neill, ABS Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Following the Annual Meeting, the ABS Council met and elected for a three-year term on the ABS Offshore Technical Committee:

  • Chow Yew Yuen, Keppel Offshore & Marine USA Inc.
  • Dr. Jen-Hwa Chen, Chevron Shipping Co. LLC

Elected to five-year terms as ABS Members by the Council were:

  • Dr. Akinori Abe, Executive Officer, President of Offshore Project & Steel Structures, IHI Corporation
  • Abdullah Al-Sulaiti, Deputy Managing Director, Qatar Gas Transport Co., Ltd. (Nakilat)
  • Ai Guo-Dong, Chairman, Xiamen Shipbuilding Industries Co., Ltd.
  • Paul Albert, Chief Operating Officer, VT Halter Marine
  • Yoichi Aoki, Managing Director, Tokyo Marine Asia Pte Ltd
  • Shunichi Arisaka, Director, Executive Officer, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.
  • Seung-Man Bae, Vice President & CTO, SPP Shipbuilding
  • John Baptist, Group Vice President Commercial Projects Purchases & Sales, AET UK Ltd.
  • Ali Bekmezci, Part Owner, Beks Shipmanagement & Trading S.A.
  • Hyon-Soo Bong, Sr. Executive Vice President & Shipyard General Manager, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Benjamin G. Bordelon, Executive Vice President of Repair, Bollinger Shipyards,
  • Captain Raif Bussing, Managing Director, Verein Hanseatischer Transportversicherer
  • Virginia Cameron, Sr. Vice President Ocean & Inland Marine, XL Insurance America, Inc.
  • Dr. George Campbell, Jr., Chairman, Board of Trustees, Webb Institute
  • Captain Louis A. Cavaliere, USN (Ret.), Consultant to the Maritime Industry
  • Chen Xiang-Lin, Director, Fujian Southeast Shipyard
  • Giuseppe Coronella, Offshore Business Unit Executive Vice President, Fincantieri CNI S.p.A.
  • John M. Dabbar, Global Marine Director, ConocoPhillips
  • Capt. Kurt R. Damkjaer, Managing Director, Nordic Tanker Marine
  • Richard Decker, President, Chartis Global Marine
  • Brian D’Isernia, Founder/President and CEO, Eastern Shipbuilding
  • Dong Jing-Zhi, President, Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd.
  • Simon Doughty, Group Managing Director, Wallem Group Ltd.
  • Captain Dan Dubois, Marine Operations Manager, Technip USA, Inc.
  • Irwin Edenzon, Corporate Vice President & President, Huntington Ingalls Industries/Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Cemil Ersoz, Part Owner, BEKS Shipmanagement and Trading S.A.
  • James F. Farley, President, Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC
  • Dr. Manfred Finger, Head of Quality Control, Thyssen Krupp Stahl AG
  • Garrick Fletcher, Executive Chairman, Dockendale Ship Management DMC CO.
  • Fernando Frimm, President, GustoMSC Inc.
  • Angelo Fusco, Director Customer Relationship and Production Process, Fincantieri CNI S.p.A.
  • Yuri K. Gagaev, General Director, BKE Shelf Ltd.
  • Ge Biao, Director, CSC Jinling Shipyard
  • Neil Glenn, Managing Director, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd.
  • Rob Grool, President of Fleet Management, Seaspan Ship Management Ltd. (SSML)
  • Capt. Edgardo M. Gualberto, Chairman & CEO, Malayan Towage & Salvage Corporation
  • Gyung-Jin Ha, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.
  • Michael Helbing, Head of Business Administration, Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
  • Jack C.K. Hu, Managing Director, Oak Maritime (H.K.) Inc., Ltd.
  • Yong Quan Huang, Vice President, Hong Kong Ming Wah Shipping Co., Ltd.
  • Captain Mathhias Imrecke, Managing Director, OSM Ship Management GmbH
  • Bang-Eun Jeong, Sr. Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.
  • Henrik Karle, Vice President, Atlantic Container Line Sweden AB
  • Chull-Yun Kim, Sr. Executive Vice President & CTO, Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
  • Kim Kyung Soo, Deputy CEO, IMC Corp. Pte. Ltd.
  • Jae-Ho Ko, President & CEO, Daewoo S.B. & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Alan Lowry, Technical Director, Berge Bulk (Singapore) Pte Ltd.
  • Jens Maddey, Managing Director, Stella Marine Services GmbH & Co. KG
  • Andrew McAleer, President, MCA Associates, Inc.
  • Raymond McNamara, Director Fleet Management, AET Shipmanagement Pte., Ltd.
  • Bill Metcalf, Vice President-Strategic Engineering, Crowley Maritime Corporation
  • Mok Kim Terng, Corporate Development Director, Nam Cheong Limited
  • Sunny Mok Weng Vai, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Crest Pte., Ltd.
  • Jose Mari Moraza, President & General Manager, United Salvage & Towage (Phils.), Inc.
  • Akio Murakami, Executive Officer, General Manager Planning & Control Division, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • David Ofer, Business Development Manager, Tanker Pacific Management (Singapore) Pte., Ltd.
  • Patrick O’Neill, Senior Broker – Hull and Liability Operations Manager, Aon Risk Services
  • Yoshio Otagaki, Representative Director, Vice President Ship & Offshore Division, Japan Marine United Corporation
  • Sokhyon (Peter) Paek, President & Chief Executive Officer, SK Shipping
  • Ruediger Pallentin, Member of the Executive Board, Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG
  • Egidio Palliotto, Senior Vice President, Saipem S.p.A.
  • Choong-Heum Park, Senior Executive Vice President & Yard General Manager, Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
  • Tae-Ho Park, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
  • Nuttaphob Ratanasuwanthawee, Chairman & President, SC Management Co., Ltd.
  • Peter A. Reinardy, Technical Director, TB Marine Shipmanagement GmbH & Co. KG
  • Marcelo Jullian Roig, General Manager, Saam Remolques, S.A. DE C.V.
  • Sugato Roy, Technical Manager, Navig8 ShipManagement Pte., Ltd.
  • Spencer Schilling, President, Herbert Engineering Corp.
  • Ulrich Schittek, Managing Director, Chemikalien Seetransport GmbH
  • Vladimir N. Shamanaev, Manager Safety Navigation, BKE Shelf Ltd.
  • Brooke F. Shapiro, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Ravi Sheth, Managing Director, Greatship (India) Ltd.
  • Yoshihide Shimamura, Executive Managing Officer, Division General Manager FPSO & FSO Division, MODEC Inc.
  • Pete Strohla, Vice President, Operating Services, Horizon Lines
  • Ron van Cann, Fleet Director, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH & Co., KG
  • Phua Cheng Tar, Director – Operations & Post Fixtures, PCL Shipping Pte., Ltd.
  • Dr. Stavros Tsolakis, Vice President, DST Shipping Inc.
  • Andy Tung, Chief Executive Officer, Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd.
  • Chad Verret, Vice President Deepwater Operations, Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC
  • Wang Chang-Zhou, President, Shanhaiguan Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Wang Junze, President, Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd
  • Wang Xiao-Dong, General Senior Captain, Safety Majordomo, Nanjing Tanker Corporation
  • RADM James A. Watson IV, USCG (Ret.), Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
  • Wen Xue-dong, General Manager, Qingdao Yangfan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
  • Matthew R. Werner, ABS Chair of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Webb Institute
  • Captain Berhard Wichers, Managing Director, Hartmann Offshore GmbH & Co. KG
  • Woan Haw King, Sr. General Manager-Fleet Technical, Bumi Armada Navigation Sdn Bhd
  • Wong Bheet Huan, Executive Director & CEO, TRIYARDS Holdings
  • Xie Chunlin, President, China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd.
  • Masakazu Yakushiji, President, Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha
  • Yang Zhi Zhong, General Manager, Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Yang Yifeng, President, Taizhou Sanfu Ship Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Yong Kiam Sam, Chief Executive Officer/Deputy Managing Director, Sealink International Berhad
  • Kiyotaka Yoshida, Managing Executive Officer, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
  • Yu Feng Ping, President, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Yu Ya, President, Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Co., Ltd.
  • Dr. Robert Sun-Quae Lai, Chairman, CSBC Corporation
  • Palle Brødsgaard Laursen, Vice President, Maersk Line, A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S,
  • Byung-Mo Lee, President, Daehan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
  • Young-Man Lee, President & CEO, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.
  • Zhang Weiguo, General Manager, Shandong Shipping Corporation

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Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life, property and the marine environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.


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