Francis Vallat, Lloyds List Lifetime Achievement Award | Posted on

QACE Director, Francis Vallat, is honored with the 2017 Lloyds List Lifetime Achievement Award.



FIFTEEN OF THE world’s best in shipping were honoured at the 20th annual Lloyd’s List Global Awards at Britain’s National Maritime Museum in London last night.

The event culminated in the prestigious Lloyd’s List Lifetime Achievement award, which was accepted by Francis Vallat, president of the European Network of Maritime Clusters.The award recognised Mr Vallat’s lifetime dedication to raising the standard of shipping and promoting the case of safety world-wide.

“Over the past 20 years Lloyd’s List has bestowed its Lifetime Achievement accolade on some of the shipping industry’s most in uential leading lights, and this special anniversary award is very much a continuation of that tradition,” Lloyd’s List Managing Editor Richard Meade told the almost 400 attendees at the Global Awards.

As chairman and chief executive of the Dutch giant Van Ommeren, Mr Vallat gained a reputation for being a shrewd businessman, but he also worked tirelessly behind the scenes in national and international associations to call on international authorities to force shipowners to scrap their rust buckets. Mr Vallat worked within the European Maritime Safety Agency for over a decade, as well as several other national associations including Armateurs de France, to promote and enhance safety standards in shipping world-wide.

In his “spare time”, he co-founded the Cluster Maritime Français, gathering under his wing as chairman more than 400 companies and professional federations, and followed this with help to set up the European Network of Maritime Clusters. This has so far brought together 18 national clusters, and was chaired until 2015 by none other than Francis Vallat. Then last year, at the age of 70, the amboyant Frenchman took on a new role as president of the French arm of SOS Mediterranée, founded in 2015 by a group of Europeans determined to do what they could to alleviate the su ering of migrants leaving Libya in leaking boats.


CRS was presented the with their QACE Certificate of Compliance, during the Individual Recommendations meeting in Split, on 5 September 2017.

Left to right: Samir Rijeka, CRS General Manager & Klaus Grensemann, QACE Chairman


China Classification Society & ClassNK Individual Recommendations | Posted on

QACE presented CCS with their Certificate of Compliance, during the Individual Recommendations meeting in Beijing, on 4 July 2017.

ClassNK was presented the with their QACE Certificate of Compliance, during the Individual Recommendations meeting in Tokyo, on 6 July 2017.


Left to right: Des Gutteridge (QACE Secretary General); Klaus Grensemann (QACE Chairman ); MO Jianhui (CCS Party Secretary General and Vice President), Chen Wang (CCS), Wendy Nong (SGS China).



QACE Meets with Paris & Tokyo MoU | Posted on

QACE sees mutual goals in its own activity and that of the MoUs, towards ever increasing safe ships, clean seas and the eradication of sub-standard shipping. To that end, QACE visited with the Paris and Tokyo MoUs to discuss potential opportunities for working together.


QACE Attends COSS | Posted on

QACE presented the 2016 Annual Report and recommendations to the Committee of Safe Seas (COSS) meeting in Brussels on 27th June 2017. The QACE Secretary General, Des Gutteridge, stated ‘as interested parties in RO performance it is important to understand the issues that effect flag States, which can be incorporated into the QACE RO assessment programme in order to identify and help implement any necessary solutions.

QACE COSS Presentation June 2017

2016 Annual Report | Posted on

QACE publishes it’s 2016 Annual Report. The report includes sections on the QACE Work Plan, assessment activity, assessment results and, in Annex C, the Collective Recommendations for 2017.

2016 Annual Report



2017 Assessors Meeting | Posted on

The Assessor’s Meeting and training was held at the QACE office on the 10th to 13th  January 2017. The main objectives of the meeting are to undertake training, plan the 2017 Assessment year, to share experiences and identify issue and areas for improvement.

QACE’s new Director, Christian Breinholt  was in attendance to meet the assessment team and to familiarize himself with the QACE core activity.


From the left Alima Kamara (Administration Officer), Gur Sarup (Assessor), Mike Jennings (Assessor) , Captain Hartmut Nickel (Assessor), Des Gutteridge (Secretary General), Christian Breinholt , (QACE Director), Klaus Grensemann (Chairman), & Tim Ho (Assessor).

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