The QACE Board of Directors and Secretariat welcome Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) to QACE membership, after confirmation of their recognition by the European Union.
QACE presented the IRS Chairman and Managing Director, Arun Sharma, with the IRS QACE Certificate of Compliance during the Individual Recommendations visit to Mumbai on 24th November 2015.
2016 has already been an eventful year. Here is a summary of the key activities so far:
The Assessment Programme proceeds well with, so far 27 of the planned 52 audits witnessed over 20 visits planned for 2016. QACE is pleased to report general continued improvements, effective consideration of recommendations and focus areas, increasingly effective trend analysis to identify weakness areas and effective corrective actions. Continually improving planning has seen a decrease in changed audit arrangements; a problem associated with ship operation arrival schedules and the consequent availability of auditors.
- The Annual Assessor’s Meeting is held at the QACE office in London to plan the 2016 QACE Assessment Programme.
- London office Board Meeting and welcome to the new President, Lloyds Register’s Andrew Kennedy for his first full meeting.
- An Individual Recommendations visit was made to the Korean Register of Shipping.
- QACE participated in the annual IACS Auditor Refresher Training Course, this time in Busan, Korea.
January’s Assessors meeting
- QACE completes a successful ISO 9001:2008 surveillance audit “The company is a small well-organised operation, with a clear vision of what it is trying to achieve.”
- The Chairman and Sectary General present at the EU member States Committee of Safe Seas (COSS) Meeting in Brussels, raising awareness of the QACE organization, activities, results of assessments and recommendations.
- The first of the biennial IACS/QACE Meeting for 2016 to continue the important working relationship and ensure QACE involvement in the QSCS Scheme that it adopts. This time held at the IACS office in London.
- QACE publish the 2015 Annual Report and 2016 Collective Recommendations online
- QACE provide the International Maritime Organisation member State and adviser with the 2015 Annual Report and 2016 Collective Recommendations and the first of what will be biannual Stakeholder Surveys (link).
- The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) carry out an inspection for QACE compliance with the EU Regulation (EC) No. 391 2009, Article 11 requirements.
- QACE hold the mid-year Board Meeting, again at the London office.
QACE publishes it’s 2015 Annual Report. The report includes sections on the QACE Work Plan, assessment activity, main findings and, in Annex C, the Collective Recommendations for 2016.
2015 Annual Report
QACE was invited to the latest COSS Committee meeting in Brussels on 8th March 2016 and made a presentation to the Member States’ raising the awareness of the purpose of QACE and its actives.
COSS Presentation v.2 (kg)(dg)
QACE Auditor Trainer, Terje Einarsrud and the Secretary General attend the annual auditor training course, this year in Busan S.Korea
A main focus for the QACE Board meeting in January is to approve the 2016 Assessment Plan. QACE also welcomed its new President Andrew Kennedy.
QACE presented KR with their Certificate of Compliance, after their Individual Recommendations meeting on 21st January 2016.
The Assessor’s Meeting was held at the QACE office on the 11th and 12th January 2016, planning the 2016 Assessment year.
From the left Captain Hartmut Nickel (Assessor), Klaus Grensemann (Chairman), Dean Tseretopoulos (QACE Director), Sarup Gur (Assessor), Alima Kamara (Administration Officer), Tim Ho (Assessor), Mike Jennings (Assessor) & Des Gutteridge (Secretary General).
QACE presented CRS with their Certificate of Compliance, after their Individual Recommendations meeting on 17th November 2015.
QACE, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Klaus Grensemann, thanks Svein Flogeland-Gathe for his two year Presidency.