ABS Council Adds Members

Thursday, November 20, 2008

At the recent ABS Council meeting, 31 prominent members of the shipping and offshore industries were elected as new members of the prominent international classification society. The ABS Council also elected seven new members to the society’s Technical Committee.

“Our strength as a classification society is the breadth of experience and depth of wisdom of our membership,” said ABS Chairman & CEO Robert D. Somerville. “It is the input that we receive from industry through our Membership and our various national, regional and technical committees that helps us frame our direction as an organization and identify and develop the Rules and standards through which we fulfill our Mission of promoting the safety of life, property and the natural environment.”

The newly elected members serving a five year term are:
Jae-Yong Ahn, Managing Director, Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Ltd
Zamil A. Al-Zamil, Chairman, Zamil Offshore Services
Thomas J. Angiolino, Senior Vice President, Willis of New York, Inc.
Commodore R. Balasubrmaniam, IN (Retd.), Director, Rajapur Shipyard Pvt. Ltd.
Dong-Su Choi, President & CEO, SLS Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Robert G. Clyne, Senior Partner/Co-Managing Partner, Hill Rivkins & Hayden
George A. Cupstid, Senior Vice President and General Manager, LeTourneau Technologies, Inc.
Tim E. Donney, Senior Director Marine Loss Control, Fireman’s Fund Specialty
Steven Durrell, President, Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
Gary C. Faber, President and Chief Operating Officer, Foss Maritime Company
N.M.A. Faisal, Executive Director of Shipping, Emirates Trading Agency
Harley V. Franco, Chairman & CEO, Harley Marine Services, Inc.
Rick Hall, President, MODEC International Inc.
John R. Irwin, President & CEO, Atwood Oceanics, Inc.
Frangiskos Kanellakis, Principal, Alpha Tankers & Feighters Int’l Ltd.
Kang-Soo Kim, President & CEO, STX Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Stephen Kon, Esq., Partner, EU & Competition Department
David Manning, Manager – Engineering, Tidewater, Inc.
Capt. Thomas W. Merrell, General Dynamics/American Overseas Marine (AMSEA)
Pheroze Mistry, Director, M. Pallonji Group
Ronald A. Morris, Esq., Roberts & Holland LLP
Karan Paul, Chairman, Apeejay Surrendra Group
Harry Robertsson, Technical Director, STENA Rederi AB
John Wright Russell, President, Russell Development Company
Rear Admiral K.C. Sekhar, VSM (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Ltd.
Pratap Shirke, Chairman, ASP Ship Management Pty. Ltd.
Jerry M. Smith, Managing Director, Maritime Industrial Services Co. Ltd. Inc.
Paul E. Stevens, President & Chief Executive Officer, Marine Resources Group (MRG)
Craig H. Stevenson III, Projects, Diamond S. Management
Peter Whitbread, Chairman and CEO, Lamprell PLC
Harry E. Yerkes, President, American Hull Insurance Syndicate

Elected to the ABS Technical Committee for a three year term are:
Tey Yoh Huat, APL
Yasuo Komatsu, Universal Shipbuilding Corporation
Jeff Lantz, US Coast Guard
Akio Murakami, Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation
Leif Nielsen, AP Moller Maersk
A. Ramamurty, Emirates Trading Agency LLC (ETA)
Christian Schmidt, Odense Steel Shipyard

Founded in 1862, ABS is an 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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