DNV-GL merger proceeds

03 Jun 2013
Tor Svensen, DNV COO Asia Pacific and president DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas said before NorShipping  that the proposed merger between DNV and GL is progressing well

Tor Svensen, DNV COO Asia Pacific and president DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas said before NorShipping that the proposed merger between DNV and GL is progressing well

The merger between DNV and GL, announced in December 2012, is proceeding smoothly, albeit slowly, with the integration-planning in process in both companies, and the competition filing being undertaken on a global basis.

Tor Svensen, DNV’s COO Asia Pacific and president DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas, speaking in advance of this week’s NorShipping event in Norway, believes that an Increased focus on ship safety is DNV’s main priority when identifying critical issues in shipping. An extended focus on risk-based rules, safety barriers and identifying high-risk areas are means to enhance safer shipping. “Together with GL, we will have the power to take the lead in heading for these targets,” he said.

DNV’s statistics suggest that serious accident trends – as for example penetration of hull and immobilisation of main engine - have worsened over the last decade. On the positive side the number of fatalities has stayed constant across at all ship types. Another issue is the safety variations between various ship segments. DNV points to offshore supply vessels being among the most technically advanced, and used for some of the most complicated operations. Nevertheless, the safety performance of offshore supply vessels is better than that of any other ship segment.

“The achievements within the offshore segment are good. Through a technology-focused proactive risk management and barrier approach, safety has been improved step by step,” says Mr Svensen. “Learning through experience exchange between ship segments is essential to improve overall safety. Together, DNV and GL will be in a better position to share and develop knowledge to the benefit of the whole shipping industry.”

Mr Svenson says that the merged society – in fact the first time that class societies have joined forces in this way – will be committed to R&D, planning to invest 5% of turnover. “Class has to make the continuous drive to improve safety a number one priority. This means that we have to drive the agenda for improved risk management,” he said.

He told us that believes the regulatory focus is returning towards ensuring basic safety after the emphasis of the last few years on environmental issues. But rather than being mutually exclusive, the two threads of safety and cleanliness go together to ensure sustainable shipping for the future.

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