Award presentation: (l-r) Tim Kent, LR’s Marine Technical Director, Robin Townsend and ISO TC8 Advisory Group Chairman, Captain Charlie Piersall
Robin Townsend, Lloyd’s Register’s Principal Specialist, was presented with the ‘ISO/TC8 Ad Van Dyjk Memorial Award for Visionary Excellence’ at the ISO TC8 Chairman’s Advisory Group seminar held at LR’s Southampton office last week.
The ISO TC8 Chairman’s Advisory Group, made up of global Industry leaders including research institutes, shipbuilders and manufacturers, meet twice a year to discuss future requirements that will shape the ISO strategy. Key speakers included Jack Westwood-Booth, Senior Deputy Director Maritime Safety Division, IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and IACS (international Association of Classification Societies) Permanent Secretary Paul Sadler.
The most recent example of Robin’s accomplishments is the development of the ISO/PAS 28007 standard which helps ensure private maritime security companies providing armed guards for ships are compliant, safe and effective. Robin oversaw the whole initiative in only five months from start to finish.
Captain Charles Piersall, Chairman of ISO/TC8 (Ships and Marine Technology Committee) presented the award and said: “The Ad Van Dijk Memorial Award is the only award granted by the committee and this is only the second time it has ever been awarded. It is an extremely selective award for sustained accomplishment and true visionary excellence. It’s not something we award very often and is presented to Robin for his vision and far reaching impact on the success of ISO/TC8 and the work he has accomplished for the industry, IMO, and IACS."
Captain Charlie Piersall went on to say: “Presenting this award not only brings great personal credit to Robin, but is in keeping with the highest tradition of excellence in Lloyd's Register and LRQA."
Robin Townsend commented: "I am very honoured to receive the award and to work so closely with the ISO TC8 Chairman’s Advisory Group. ISO standards supplement and support our Rules and are therefore very important to LR. Being the only appointed member of the Advisory Group from a classification society puts us in an excellent position to be at the forefront of the development of these standards."