The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Roy Bleiberg, Vice President of Engineering for the ABS Americas Division, the USCG Meritorious Public Service Award. This is the second highest public service award presented by the USCG to civilians who provide substantial contributions that result in advancement of the USCG’s mission and benefit the general public.
Commander Jason Smith, Detachment Chief, USCG Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise, presented this award at a ceremony at the ABS World Headquarters on 27 July 2016. The citation notes that Bleiberg was selected for the award for his “unparalleled support to the Coast Guard as a leading advocate for the safe, clean, and viable transport and use of compressed gases within the maritime industry.”
ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki, said: “ABS has played a leading maritime industry role in the North American gas revolution […] Roy’s work in this area is exemplary, and on behalf of ABS, I congratulate him for this tremendous honor.”
The first LNG-fuelled vessels in the US – the Harvey Gulf Offshore Supply Vessels and TOTE Maritime containerships – and first LNG bunkering vessels in North America were developed with ABS involvement. ABS also plays a leadership role in the development of LNG bunkering infrastructure, producing the landmark ABS study ‘Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas Fueled Marine Vessels in North America’, which is a roadmap for designers, builders and vessel owners looking for guidance in understanding the regulatory requirements around this growing market.
ABS also served as the class society for the carrier that moved the first US LNG exports from Sabine Pass.
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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