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).

American Bureau of Shipping Individual Recommendations | Posted on

QACE presented ABS with their Certificate of Compliance, during the Individual Recommendations meeting in Houston, Texas on 12th December 2016.


Left to right: Stephen Hryshchyshyn (ABS Vice President, Quality); Adam Moilanen (ABS Vice President, HSQE); Klaus Grensemann (QACE Chairman and Des Gutteridge (QACE Secretary General)


RINA Individual Recommendations | Posted on

QACE presented RINA with their Certificate of Compliance, during the Individual Recommendations meeting in Genoa on 24th November 2016.


Left to right: Roberto Cazzulo (RINA Chief Risk Officer); Des Gutteridge (QACE Secretary General); Michele Francioni (RINA CEO); Klaus Grensemann (QACE Chairman ); Paolo Salza (RINA Chief Technical Officer) Marco Benzi (RINA Classification  Director) & Massimo Tridondani (RINA Internal Quality Manager)

Lloyd’s Register Individual Recommendations | Posted on

QACE presented Lloyd’s Register with their Certificate of Compliance, during the Individual Recommendations meeting in Southampton on 16th November 2016.


Left to right: Andrew Sillitoe (LR Marine and Offshore, Lead Specialist); Mark Horswill (LR Marine and Offshore, Head of Technical Assurance and Quality); Klaus Grensemann (QACE Chairman ); Theodosia Manousaki (LR Marine and Offshore, Quality Manager) & Sam James (LR Marine and Offshore, Head of Regulatory Affairs)


QACE welcomes new director, Christian Breinholt | Posted on


Christian brings a depth of  knowledge and experience and is widely known in the industry, having undertaken a number of roles.

Christian began his career as a deck officer in the merchant fleet followed by 39 years of service in the Danish Maritime Authority. The last 13 years he held the position as Deputy Director General and was responsible for maritime safety, security and protection of the marine environment. In addition Christian was the representative of Denmark at a number of international, regional, multilateral and bilateral events, including IMO diplomatic conferences, Assemblies and sessions in the Maritime Safety Committee and Marine Environment Protection Committee since 1988. He was the chairman of the Maritime Safety Committee in the years 2012 – 2015. 

New meetings with the ACB’s | Posted on

QACE held meetings with the Accredited Certification Bodies (ACBs) during the Gdansk ‘Quality Week” in November 2016. QACE thanked the ACB’s for their auditor’s commitment to the scheme and for their vital assistance role in helping to achieve the QACE objectives. The meetings will be repeated annually and are designed to provide a two-way dialogue, provide feedback from the year and a discussion of plans for the future.


QACE 2016 AGM | Posted on

The QACE Members and stakeholders attended the QACE Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Gdansk, Poland on 11th November 2016. Chaired  by the President, Andrew Kennedy, the meeting included the Director’s Report, the 2017 Work Plan and 2017 Budget and the election of  Director’s. slide01

Dave Iwamoto-san steps down | Posted on


Hiroshi (Dave) Iwamoto steps down as a QACE Director having completed his final term of office. Iwamoto-san has been a QACE Director since its beginning in 2010. His varied experience and expertise, together with his sound advice has been a major factor in QACE’s success. His presence will be sorely missed. The QACE Board, Secretariat and the QACE Members wish Dave all the best in his future endeavors. 

Dave’s background is with ship sales and as a General Manager with IHI Marine United Inc. (Japan Marine United Corporation), Chairman International Sub-Committee, Planning Committee, ship builders’ Association of Japan. Chairman, Committee for Expertise of Shipbuilding Specifics (CESS), a JECKU committee. 

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