Classification society ABS has formed the team to leverage the organization’s LNG and LPG capabilities. This group of experienced gas professionals will work alongside owners, shipyards and equipment manufacturers to provide an extensive range of services to this growing market.
“The discovery of new gas resources around the world and the exciting potential for wide-scale adoption of gas as a marine fuel are leading to a dynamic shift in the global marketplace,” says ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “This team will comprise highly experienced technical professionals that will provide support throughout a project’s lifecycle to meet the specific needs of our marine, inland waterways and offshore energy clients.”
Patrick Janssens will lead this organization as Vice President for Global Gas Solutions. Janssens is currently the ABS Vice President for LNG with responsibility for projects in Europe and Asia. He previously was Senior Vice President of Technology at FLEX LNG where he focused on the development of floating LNG liquefaction projects. Janssens was also Chief Technical Officer at Exmar, where he was in charge of the development of the world's first LNG regasification vessels and many newbuilding projects with major shipyards worldwide.
Roy Bleiberg, currently Director of Engineering for ABS Americas, will assume the new role of Director of US Gas Development, and in the area of client operations, Kurt Larsen will assume the new role of Director of US Gas Operations and Performance.
Joining Bleiberg and Larsen will be a US-based team of ABS gas specialists with extensive knowledge of LNG floating structures and systems, gas fuel systems and equipment, and regulatory and statutory requirements. Utilizing its global experience, the team also will assist clients with specification reviews, risk and hazard assessments, bunkering suitability reviews, new construction project management and training.