DNV offers full ship certification in USA

28 Apr 2011

Det Norske Veritas’ US office says that, following an extension of DNV’s authorisation from the US Coast Guard, it is now the only class society that can issue the full suite of statutory certificates for all ship types.

DNV reports that the US Coast Guard has extended its statutory authorisations under the USCG alternate compliance program to include passenger ship safety certificates. The class society believes that with this additional authorization, it is the only such body authorised to issue the full suite of statutory certificates for all ship types on behalf of the US authorities.

DNV claims to be the leading class society for building and operation of cruise ships, holding a classification market share of 30% of operating cruise ships measured in GRT. Its fleet includes a significant number of large cruise ships, including, what DNV says are the largest and most sophisticated cruise ships in the world, which have been built under its rules. With its investment in R&D, and the development of advisory services to the cruise industry, the society believes it is well positioned to participate in development and operation of new generation cruise ships for future demands.

According to Kenneth Vareide, DNV’s director of operations for maritime activities in North America: “This marks another milestone for DNV and this is another indication of the trust and confidence that the USCG has in DNV’s classification and statutory services, especially for high-profile ships, such as modern cruise ships, where safety is critical.”

Jeff Lantz, USCG Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards adds: “The USCG takes its flag state responsibilities very seriously and delegates statutory authorisations to classification societies only after a thorough evaluation and review. DNV clearly has knowledge and experience with cruise ships.”

Vareide notes that this new authorisation is important because “DNV brings its global experience and technology, including knowledge of regulatory regimes of the largest cruise ship registries, to the US. The US cruise ship fleet may not be the largest, but the US is very serious about keeping current with the highest level of safety regulations.”

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