ABS creates greater China operating division
ABS has announced a major organizational change with the creation of a fifth operating division that will be responsible for the society’s activities in The People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan.
The reorganization takes effect 15 October. The Divisional Headquarters will be located in Shanghai where ABS already maintains a large engineering, survey and administrative office. Adam Moilanen has been appointed President of the new ABS Greater China Division. The existing China, Hong Kong and Taiwan senior management teams remain in place and will form the nucleus of the new divisional executive team.
The new division, which has been carved out of the existing ABS Pacific Division, will operate in coordination with the Pacific, Europe and Americas Divisions of the society and with the Nautical Systems fleet management software division.
“The importance of China to our current and future activities cannot be over-emphasized,” said ABS Chairman and CEO Robert D. Somerville in announcing the reorganization. “ABS is now active in approximately 140 shipyards in China with an orderbook approaching 900 vessels aggregating almost 20 m gross tons. ABS also has very long standing and strong ties with the Hong Kong and Taiwanese owners as well as Taiwan shipbuilding.
“In addition, the growing importance of China, itself as a shipowning center, as a leader in ship repair as well as a prominent manufacturer of marine machinery and equipment has increased the level of ABS classification, certification, engineering and type approval activities in the country to a level which demands a more focused and active management team,” he added.
Somerville also pointed to the physical size and logistics within China as posing constant administrative challenges that need to be managed efficiently if ABS is to continue to provide the superior level of service delivery to its clients that it is known for.
The newly created Greater China Division will have more than 500 employees operating from more than 30 offices across the country and in Hong Kong and Taiwan with these numbers expected to steadily increase in line with the expanded activities.
The current ABS orderbook at Chinese and Taiwanese shipyards includes liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, oil and chemical tankers, containerships, bulk carriers in all size ranges as well as self-elevating drilling units (jackups), semisubmersibles and floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units.