The classification society ABS has announced it will relocate its Northern European regional marine operations office from London to Hamburg, Germany.
"This relocation is part of ABS' ongoing effort to place our frontline decision makers closer to our clients and be more responsive to their needs," says ABS president and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. "Expanding and strengthening the key resources in the region will enhance our service delivery capability and streamline access to the ABS network of engineers and surveyors." Wolfgang Buttgereit, regional vice president of Northern Europe, will lead the Hamburg team. Buttgereit is returning to Germany - where he previously served as manager of ABS Germany - from his most recent assignment as regional vice president of Southern China.
"Northern Europe is a key global and regional centre for the maritime industry," said ABS Europe president and COO Kirsi Tikka. "Expanding the ABS office allows us to better serve not only our clients, but the many maritime stakeholders in the region."