QACE welcomes new director Dr Nikos Mikelis | Posted on

Nikos Mikelis
Nikos has worked in ship classification; and then for a shipping company as superintendent, technical manager and director. He joined the International Maritime Organization in 2006, where he was the Head of, Marine Pollution Prevention and Ship Recycling section. Nikos has served in senior positions in various shipping industry bodies, has written over 50 papers, numerous articles in the maritime press and is a freeman of the City of London.

2017 Annual Report | Posted on

QACE publishes it’s 2017 Annual Report. The report includes sections on the QACE Work Plan, assessment activity, assessment results and, in Annex C, the Collective Recommendations for 2018.




Turk Loydu visit QACE office | Posted on

Türk Loydu (TL) as a company applying for EU recognition are subject to the same QACE assessment and certification process as the already Recognised Organisations.

TL made a courtesy call to the QACE office to discuss progress.


Aydin Gürbüz (Quality Management Division Manager), Cem Melikoğlu (TL Chairman of the Board of Directors) and Des Gutteridge (QACE Secretary General)


Klaus Grensemann recieves French National Order of Merit | Posted on

During a ceremony in Paris to honor Klaus Grensemann, Francis Vallat stated that “apart from his long career and service to the maritime industry, it is as the current and respected Chairman of QACE that the French National Order of Merit is awarded today.” Mr Vallat went on to say that it is because of Mr Grensemann’s highly effective Chairmanship that “QACE has delivered so effectively its mission to monitor worldwide in representative offices, and aboard ships, the quality of classification societies work.”



QACE Technical Expert | Posted on

QACE is delighted to announce that Tim Ho, one of QACE’s vastly experienced Assessors, has been appointed Technical Expert. The role includes the development and delivery of technical training, development of QACE audit requirements as well as continuing with assessment visits in Asia.


QACE 2018 Assessor’s Meeting | Posted on

The QACE Assessors flew into London for meetings to discuss the results of assessment activity in 2017 and to plan the 2018 Assessment Plan. Des Gutteridge, QACE Secretary General, says ‘the far reaching proposals that have stemmed from the meeting are a testament, not only to the increasing effectiveness of QACE activity, but to the team’s engagement and motivation. Read more at QACE Assessor‘s Meeting 2018



Top left to right: Tim Ho, QACE Assessor; Klaus Grensemann, QACE Chairman; Des Gutteridge, QACE Secretary Genereal; Gur Sarup, QACE Assessor; Alvin Shepherd, QACE Assessor. Bottom left to right: Dean Tseretopoulos, QACE Director; Alima Kamara QACE Assessment Manager; Mike Jennings, QACE Assessor & Hartmut Nickel, QACE Assessor

IACS 2017 EUW | Posted on

QACE attended the IACS End User Workshop (EUW), in Singapore on 9th November 2017 to discuss with the audit bodies and stakeholders, its feedback in relation to the audit scheme.

QACE is happy to report its satisfaction and confidence with the audit scheme and the verification that the scheme is meeting the QACE objectives.


Farewell Francis | Posted on

Francis Vallat steps down as a QACE Director having completed his final term of office. Francis has been a QACE Director since its beginning in 2010. His ship owning expertise and experience, together with his comprehensive guidance has been a major factor in QACE’s success. His presence will be sorely missed. The QACE Board, Secretariat and the QACE Members wish Francis all the best in his future endeavors.




QACE 2017 AGM | Posted on

The QACE Members and stakeholders attended the QACE Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Singapore on 7th November 2017. Chaired by the President, Andrew Kennedy, the meeting included the Director’s Report, the 2018 Work Plan and 2018 Budget.


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.

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