Coast Guard recognizes ABS employee for leadership in US gas development


(HOUSTON) — The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Roy Bleiberg, vice president of engineering for the ABS Americas Division, the USCG Meritorious Public Service Award. The award is the second-highest public service award presented by the USCG to civilians who provide substantial contributions that results in advancement of the Coast Guard’s mission and benefit the general public.

Cmdr. Jason Smith, detachment chief, USCG Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise, presented the award at a ceremony at the ABS World Headquarters on Wednesday. The citation notes that Bleiberg was selected for the award for his “unparalleled support to the Coast Guard as a leading advocate for the safe, clean, and viable transport and use of compressed gases within the maritime industry.”

Some of Bleiberg’s notable achievements at ABS include successfully advocating for the safe design and operation of multiple novel maritime gas projects and technologies, training USCG personnel to better understand gas cargo and usage as marine fuel, and supporting the USCG and other safety-focused organizations in developing domestic and international gas regulations, standards and policies.

“ABS has played a leading maritime industry role in the North American gas revolution,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “Roy’s work in this area is exemplary, and on behalf of ABS, I congratulate him for this tremendous honor.”

For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff