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October 19, 2009

ABS strengthens Government Operations office

Growing work in the government sector, particularly with the Navy and the Coast Guard has ABS responding with changes to its Government Operations office located in Washington, D.C.

Craig Bone, Vice President Corporate Programs, is relocating to the Washington office. He will be taking over from the long-serving leadership of Glenn Ashe, Vice President Government Operations, who retires from ABS early next year.

A new position, Manager of Government Operations, has been created to better manage the logistics and complexities of new U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard projects. ABS veteran Richard Delpizzo has been promoted to this new position. With years of experience on government projects, Delpizzo leads a team of assigned project managers dedicated to reinforcing project management best practices with the goal of further enhancing ABS' customer service to its government clients.

ABS says that emphasis on project management has been a successful differentiating factor for the society in terms of customer service delivery worldwide. The project management structure has been employed for both ship and offshore structures and now has been integrated into the specialized shipbuilding needs of ABS' government clients.

"With newly created positions and a recognition of the value project management brings to the logistics and complexities of most government vessel programs, we are positioning ourselves for the increased confidence in the classification process by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and other government agencies," says ABS Americas President Thomas Gilmour. There is a much greater understanding of the role and capabilities of classification in the naval shipbuilding process and its through-life maintenance, he added.

In the U.S., the relationship between the Navy and ABS now includes classification of non-nuclear surface combatants and patrol craft in addition to the traditionally classed Sealift fleet. Current projects with the Navy include: The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS1 and LCS2), the DDG 1000 and the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). This same relationship has been mirrored with the U.S. Coast Guard and the application of ABS classification has been extended to the Deepwater Fast Response Cutter Program and is planned for the Offshore Patrol Cutter Program (OPC).


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