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ClassNK president receives lifetime achievement award

LNG Industry,

ClassNK chairman and president, Noboru Ueda, was awarded the Global Lifetime Achievement Award at the Shipping Marine and Ports 2014 Leadership & Excellence Awards on 10th February 2014. He received the award in recognition of his contribution to the development of the maritime industry.

The awards ceremony is held every two years by Jasubhai Media in conjunction with the SMP World Expo to recognise excellence in fields including innovation, safety, and education within the maritime industry.

Speaking on the occasion, Ueda commented: “I am truly honoured to receive this award, and I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the SMP Awards committee. Over the past some 45 years working in the maritime industry and six years at the helm of ClassNK, my goal has been to make ClassNK fulfill its mission of ensuring the safety of life and property at sea and protecting the marine environment, as well as supporting technological innovation in the maritime industry. For me, this award symbolises the recognition of the industry for the work we are carrying out at ClassNK, and for that I am truly grateful.”


Noboru Ueda joined ClassNK in 1969 and was elected to chairman and president in 2008. Under his leadership, ClassNK expanded its service network by 33% to 129 offices across the world, and the ClassNK register grew by over 65 million gross tons, becoming the first classification society in history to have over 200 million gross tons on its register.

Ueda was also responsible for establishing ClassNK’s Joint R&D for Industry Program in 2009, which has provided research funding and support to over 260 joint maritime R&D projects since its inception.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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