Bureau Veritas (BV) has appointed Andreas Ullrich (Pictured) as Global Market Leader, Passenger Ships & Ferries.
Ullrich succeeds Jean-Jacques Juenet, who retires in April.
This is a key role involved from the concept stages through the operational life of projects helping ensure that clients are able to make the best commercial decisions based on technical understanding to mitigate risk and promote safety, BV said.
Passenger ships and ferries are very important areas of activity for BV. Today many of the most innovative projects in these sectors, both in the water and under construction, are BV classed.
Matthieu de Tugny, COO, BV Marine & Offshore, commented: “This is a very important appointment in an important market where understanding innovation – in new fuels, in new client focused features and, above all, in safety are paramount. As ship size increases, and a new breed of exploration ships take passengers into remote and cold places, we are very pleased to have Andreas on board with us to support us in promoting safety and innovation.’
BV classed passenger ship and ferry projects cover a wide range of developments, including: Sunstone’s four expedition class ships (plus six options) to be built in China; Ponant’s icebreaking, LNG fuelled, order; MSC Cruise’s LNG fuelled mega ships; Scenic’s ultra-luxurious Polar expedition ship; and Brittany Ferries new LNG fuelled ferry being built at Flensburger.
de Tugny added: “Taking over from Jean-Jacques was always going to be a challenge. We are in the process of completing an effective hand-over period of nearly six months – introducing Andreas to clients and meeting stakeholders – as well as the Bureau Veritas network around the world.”
Ullrich graduated in naval architecture at the University of Rostock in 1989. He has nearly 30 years of classification experience, principally with cruise shipping.
His classification career began at GL (later to become DNV GL) in 1989. He has undertaken a number of roles involving responsibility for the management of cruise ship newbuilding projects and ship type manager for passenger ship.
He was also technical support manager for Carnival Maritime’s AIDA brand and a supporting expert to the German delegation at IMO – advising on fire protection and passenger ship issues.