Operating & Environmental Standards

8/1/2016: Coast Guard awards Meritorious Public Service Award

The Coast Guard recently awarded a Meritorious Public Service award to Roy Bleiberg, former director of the American Bureau of Shipping’s Global Gas Solutions. Bleiberg was recognized for his support to the Coast Guard as a leading advocate for safe, clean and viable transport and use of liquefied and compressed gases within the maritime industry.

The award was presented by Cmdr. Jason Smith, commander of the Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise.

“It is an honor to be able to present Roy with the Coast Guard’s Meritorious Public Service award on behalf of Vice Adm. Fred Midgette,” he said. “As the former Director of ABS’s Global Gas Solution, Roy has displayed unparalleled support to the Coast Guard as a liquefied gas technical expert on various projects and in serving as a critical member of the U.S. Delegation to the International Maritime Organization throughout the development of international standards. Roy continuously went above and beyond to share his expertise and coordinated numerous Coast Guard training opportunities reaching hundreds of our members.”

“His actions throughout this time period are more than deserving of one of the Coast Guard’s highest public service awards,” Smith added.

For more information, please view the entire text of the award, provided below!

The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard takes great pleasure in presenting the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service award to Mr. Roy Bleiberg, Director of the American Bureau of Shipping’s Global Gas Solutions for providing unparalleled support to the Coast Guard as a leading advocate for the safe, clean, and viable transport and use of liquefied and compressed gases within the maritime industry. Mr. Bleiberg expertise has been critical in ensuring the safe design, operation and bunkering of the first U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled vessels, including the Harvey Gulf Offshore Supply Vessels and TOTE Maritime and Crowley containerships, always supporting the Coast Guard to identify regulatory equivalencies that upheld or exceeded existing safety standards. Mr. Bleiberg remained a consistent and vocal champion for training throughout the industry, and on numerous occasions volunteered to support internal Coast Guard training needs reaching hundreds of Coast Guard Marine Inspectors preparing for pending liquefied gas operations in ports throughout the country. He provided a half day presentation on LNG systems for the Coast Guard’s first LNG as Fuel Workshop, developed a nationwide LNG bunkering webinar, and wrote a 4 page Coast Guard’s Proceedings article on Safety Considerations for LNG as a Bunker and Cargo. Mr. Bleiberg was also hand selected and served as a critical member of the U.S. Delegation to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 95) and Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 2) where he provided technical support on International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low-Flashpoint Fuels. His experience and cooperative nature have been pivotal in developing collaborative synergy throughout the maritime liquefied and compressed gas community with active involvement in the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) and international safety focused industry standards organizations such as the International Standards Organization (ISO), Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators , and as a founding member of Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel. Mr. Bleiberg dedication and devotion to the highest ideals of patriotism and duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Coast Guard and of public service.

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