The first meeting of the DNV Cyprus Technical Committee took place on 20 January 2005 in Limassol, Cyprus. The committee was established to ensure a dialogue between DNV and the important and fast-growing Cyprus-based shipping community.

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The committee was established in recognition of the importance of Cyprus as a shipping centre, and includes members from the senior management of the shipping companies controlling 130 DNV class vessels, constituting more than 4 million grt run from the island of Cyprus.

In 2004 alone, more than 100 newbuildings were ordered by, or delivered to Cyprus-based companies - 36 of which are classified by DNV.

The Chairman of the Committee, Robert Thompson, deputy managing director of Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd. opened the meeting, welcoming the creation of the committee as a means to provide feedback to DNV and through such, to other maritime industry rule making bodies.

During his first visit to Cyprus, DNV's technical director Olav Nortun presented the status of the Joint Tanker Project (JTP), established to develop common structural rules for tankers, and the status of DNV's evaluation of the new rules for bulk carrier structures developed by the Joint Bulk Carrier Project (JBP). He made an interesting comparison of the different philosophies behind both rule sets and introduced possible future harmonisation scenarios.

Risk Assessment is a 'hot' issue in the industry, which has been further brought into focus by the inclusion of the subject as the basis for one chapter in the Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) best practice guide, recently published by OCIMF. Ole Jacob Person, a consultant with DNV Maritime Solutions, presented DNV's simple risk assessment tools and methodology to the committee members.

The services offered by DNV Maritime Solutions were briefly introduced by Espen Cramer, head of DNV Maritime Solutions, who later informed the committee of the guidelines and regulatory developments in the industry regarding scrapping of vessels and the possible future expectations on industry players by public interest groups and the public at large for responsible ship re-cycling.

The meeting was held at the impressive premises of Unicom Shipmanagement Services (Cyprus) Ltd. and it was agreed that other member companies will make their premises available for future committee meetings.