(NEW YORK) — Christopher J. Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame on Wednesday at the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s 23rd annual event. The International Hall of Fame recognizes maritime visionaries, who through excellence in their company, organization, or services, best exemplify the qualities of futuristic thinking that will guide the maritime industry in the 21st century.
“I am very honored to receive this recognition and am proud to accept the award on behalf of ABS employees around the world,” said Wiernicki. “The people working in this industry and behind the scenes make it great by making a difference every day, and ABS employees have taught me over 20 years about what service and leadership in this industry really looks like.”
In addition to serving as chairman, president and CEO of ABS and chairman of the ABS Group of Companies Inc., Wiernicki also serves as chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies. He previously held several senior roles at ABS, including president and chief operating officer, chief technology officer and president and COO of ABS Europe Ltd.
Wiernicki holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt; a master of science degree in structural engineering from George Washington University, where he was later elected to the George Washington University Engineering Hall of Fame; a master of science degree in ocean engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and honorary doctor of science degrees from Maine Maritime Academy and SUNY Maritime College. Wiernicki is a fellow with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He was awarded the Vice Adm. Emory S. Land Medal in 2013 for outstanding accomplishment in the marine field. Wiernicki lectures at the university level on topics ranging from leadership to technology, and serves on the board of trustees for the Seamen’s Church Institute as well as numerous university boards and advisory councils.
About the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1873, the association maintains the United States’ premier marine exchange, connecting all members of the New York and New Jersey port community in support of their various, and mutually dependent, activities and interests.
Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets.