End-of-year report on class
1 ClassNK — Noburo Ueda, 321.6m dwt, up 6%
NOBURO Ueda represents one of the most rapidly growing class societies at the moment. ClassNK’s position in terms of tonnage and offices around the world is second to none. Japan's decision to restructure its class society and make the organisation more commercially minded has paid off with Class NK now holding strong positions in some territories where its competitors hold sway. This was seen at this year’s SMM in Hamburg when ClassNK made a point of highlighting the German boxship owners shipowners that now register their vessels with the Japanese society.
2 ABS — Christopher Wiernicki, 280.5m dwt, up 7%
ABS may have pushed its respected competence in the offshore sector this year, but it retains an admirable position within shipping, nonetheless. ABS has certainly been changing with the times and the development and the strengthening its Nautical Services software and consultancy services is testament to this.
3 Lloyd’s Register — Richard Sadler and Tom Boardley, 264.5m dwt, up 2%
LLOYD’S Register is set to move its marine division to Southampton, placing it close to a university with a booming marine research facility. This move reflects a new focus for the oldest class society back into the world of shipping and classification. This year, Lloyd’s List chief executive Richard Sadler has raised concerns about how sanctions against Iran could compromise safety while recently appointed marine head Tom Boardley has been outspoken on several issues, particularly the environmental claims made by shipbuilders, designers and technology companies and how difficult it is to substantiate them until the vessel is in service..
4 DNV — Tor Svensen, 216.5m dwt, up 3%
IT MAY have been a busy year of restructuring for Det Norske Veritas but that does not mean that Tor Svensen has been quiet. In its DNV shipping 2020 report, the class society presented possible market scenarios that could emerge. It is also focusing on environmental technology consulting and Mr Svensen has engaged in the ongoing debate over the role of classification in today’s market.
5 Germanischer Lloyd — Erik van der Nordaa, 137m dwt, up 7%
GERMANISCHER Lloyd has grown into an organisation with activities in many sectors and businesses. Under the leadership of Erik van der Noordaa, the German class society now offers consultancy services as much as it offers classification services. Mr van der Noordaa insists the class service, a safety function for shipping, is ringfenced from the growing commercial services that the company offers through its growing number of subsidiary businesses. Oil and gas, as well as renewable energy, are growing revenue streams for the business, along with GL’s Futureship design consultancy. Mr van der Noordaa and the GL Group represent the new face of class.
6 Bureau Veritas —Philippe Donche-Gay, 136.2m dwt, up 19%
LLOYD’s List was only recently introduced to Philippe Donche-Gay at a recent Bureau Veritas event in London before he was due to assume the marine director role in the French class society. It was too early then to say much about his role in the society, although his predecessor Bernard Anne was known for his strong views on eco ships and newbuilding prices. As a respected and long-standing member of the global shipping community, Mr Anne will be missed, but with BV’s strong position in ice-class issues and LNG, it is expected that Mr Donche-Gay will soon join the debate.
7 China Classification Society — Sun Licheng, 82.6m dwt, up 13%
IN A recent Lloyd’s List interview, CCS president Sun Licheng made no secret of the society’s international plans. With 44% of the class society’s registered vessels non-Chinese flagged, CCS has seen rapid expansion as its popularity has grown. And when Mr Sun referred to this as a free market choice, one gets a glimpse of the direction in which CCS is heading, despite knowing that all Chinese shipping is expected to register with the society.
8 Korea Register — Oh Kong-Gyun, 81.2m dwt, up 27%
OH KONG-Gyun is coming to the end of his long-running tenure at the helm of the youngest IACS class society. He is known as a man who speaks passionately and with conviction, and retains the goal of bringing KR into the top five class societies. Consequently, KR has been pushing ahead with developing its own in-house software and Mr Oh has also been instrumental in expanding KR beyond shipping into other sectors.
9 Rina — Ugo Salerno, 34.2m dwt, up 13%
THE sudden resignation of Rina chairman Gianni Scerni in January amid the controversy surrounding the Costa Concordia incident was an unfortunate start to the Italian classification society’s year. But in assuming the additional role of chairman, chief executive Ugo Salerno has been more actively involved in the group’s restructuring. For much of the year, Rina has kept a relatively low profile, pushing itself occasionally into the spheres of fuel efficiency, liquefied natural gas and boasting success in getting Vale’s Subic Bay hub up and running in time and on budget. The group also made two important acquisitions in the fields of maritime consulting and system certification and Mr Salerno has promised that there will be more acquisitions.
10 Russian Register — Pavel Shikhov, 14.6%, no change on 2011
ITS focus on Arctic activities, and its dominant position and knowledge of ice-class tonnage are defining features of the Russian Register, which is set to benefit from its expertise as demand for more ice-class tonnage and Arctic experience escalates.
*Data from Lloyd’s List Intelligence November 1, 2012 versus November 1, 2011.