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Retirement of a QACE Director and election of a new Director

At the time of the Annual General Meeting of QACE’s Members on 1st December 2022, Mr Hui Xie completed nine years of service as Director, and in line with the Articles of Association of the organisation Mr Xie was not eligible for re-election. The President thanked Mr Xie on behalf of the Members for his long service, his contribution to QACE, and his valuable counsel.

At the same meeting, Mr. Lars Lange, Secretary General of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) and current Chairman of the International Quality Assessment Review Body (IQARB), was elected unanimously as the new Director of the Board for an initial term of three years. The Board and the Secretariat welcome Mr Lange, who is expected to make significant contributions to the process that is intended to lead to the merging of IQARB with QACE.

Membership of QACE of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping terminated

The Board of Directors of QACE held its 37th meeting on the 13th of October 2022. In that meeting, the Board agreed that following the European Union’s withdrawal of its recognition of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, and in accordance with QACE’s Article of Association 10.4.1, the Organisation had to terminate RS’s membership with effect from 7th October 2022.

Christian Breinholt (QACE Chairman from November 2018 to June 2021) has passed away

On the 12th of September 2022 we were notified that our previous Chairman, Christian Breinholt, passed away peacefully at his home in Copenhagen. Christian had stepped down as Chairman and Director of QACE at the end of June 2021 due to ill health.

We were all deeply saddened by this news. The words of one of our colleagues reflect the thoughts of all of us: “Christian will remain in my heart as a great albeit humble man”.

The Board of Directors, the President, the Secretariat of QACE, the IACS Quality Committee and all of Christian’s work colleagues offer their sincere condolences to his family.

2021 Annual Report

QACE publishes its 2021 Annual Report. The report includes sections on the QACE Work Plan, assessment activity, assessment results and, in Annex C, the Collective Recommendations for 2022.

New QACE Director

Mr. Peter Hinchliffe OBE was elected unanimously at the Annual General Meeting of QACE’s Members in November 2021 as the new Director of the Board for an initial term of three years. The Board and the Secretariat welcome Peter, who is bringing to QACE his extensive maritime experience.