http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091121/BIZ/911210305/-1/NEWSMAP Robert D. Somerville was named Massachusetts Maritime Academy's 2009 Maritime Person of the Year at the academy's annual Admiral's Ball, which raises money for its most rigorous scholarship program for cadets. Somerville, chairman and chief executive officer of ABS, was selected for the award as a civilian who has distinguished himself through a career of excellence, innovation and service to the maritime industries. He was presented with the Capt. Emery Rice Medal, named for an 1895 academy graduate and World War I hero. As chairman of one of the world's leading international classification societies, Somerville has overseen a period of extraordinary growth in the organization's activities, creating many opportunities for naval architects, surveyors and marine engineers. He is credited with championing the most fundamental change in the nature of ship classification since its inception, with the adoption in 2006 of the International Association of Classification Societies Common Structural Rules for tankers and bulk carriers.