James Bond, P.Eng, (F) SNAME, Director, Advisory Services, ABS
James Bond is the Director, Advisory Services at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in Houston. James has a focus on Polar shipping and Arctic offshore exploration. He has spent time on ships in ice in the Canadian Beaufort Sea and the Gulf of St Lawrence. James represented the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) at the IMO on Polar Code, is a member of the IACS project team working on updates to the Polar Ship structures rules and is Chair of the IACS Expert Group for Polar Code. He oversees and sets priorities for the work at ABS’ Harsh Environment Technology Center in partnership with Memorial University of Newfoundland in St John’s. James is a Fellow of SNAME and a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
Andrew Kendrick, P.Eng, (F) SNAME, Vice President, Vard Marine
Andrew Kendrick is Vice President, Ottawa, for Vard Marine Inc. He is a naval architect with extensive experience in ship design, marine research and development, and public policy formulation, Andrew’s recent design projects include the Canadian Polar Icebreaker, the US Polar Security Cutter, the Chilean Navy Antarctic vessel, the RCN’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, and the ongoing conversion work for Canadian Coast Guard’s Interim Medium Icebreakers at Chantier Davie. Other work includes supporting Transport Canada in the development of the IMO Polar Code and the new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. Andrew is a Fellow of SNAME and a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
Mario Gitte, PE, Senior Principal Engineer, Advisory Services, ABS
Mario Gitte is a Senior Principal Engineer in the Advisory Services group at ABS in Houston. Mario assists clients with Polar Code compliance and obtaining Polar Ship Certificates for their ships, advises both internal and external ABS clients on matters related to ship structures and class, and performs advanced linear and non-linear finite element analyses. He has worked at ABS for 12 years, ten of which were in the Naval Engineering and Ship Engineering Departments. Prior to joining ABS, Mario served in the Dominican Republic’s navy. He is a graduate of US Coast Guard Academy and has a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans. Mario a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.