Press+releases+from+2011

2011-12-22

DNV and KEMA create a world-leading energy and sustainability company

Oslo/Arnhem: DNV has acquired 74.3% of KEMA’s shares, creating a world-leading consulting and certification company within the cleaner energy, sustainability, power generation, transmission and distribution sectors.

2011-12-21

DNV Business Assurance and Nemko join forces in DNV Nemko Presafe

Oslo: The two global certification bodies DNV Business Assurance and Nemko announce that they will merge certification and testing operations for the medical and EX equipment industry in the joint venture DNV Nemko Presafe. The joint venture will commence operations from January 1st 2012.

2011-12-20

Increasing energy efficiency in offshore shipping

A project has been established to identify energy efficiency and fuel saving initiatives for the offshore shipping industry. The partnership involves a collaboration of seven Norwegian offshore shipping companies.

2011-12-16

DNV retains ‘Best Verifier’ award

DNV has retained ‘Best Verifier’ award in leading survey of environmental markets.

2011-12-09

‘Bridging the Emissions Gap’

New UNEP report outlines the pathways to 2020 and includes a chapter on shipping and aviation.

2011-12-08

“Don’t kill the CDM in Durban”

Head of DNV Climate Change urges COP17 negotiators to continue CDM scheme.

2011-12-07

Call for greater focus on effective adaptation to climate change

DNV COO Bjorn K. Haugland calls for risk-based framework on adaptation to climate change.

2011-12-01

DNV Healthcare appoints Karen Timmons to executive position

Oslo, 1 December 2011 – DNV Healthcare has appointed Karen Timmons as Global Patient Safety Officer. Ms. Timmons was most recently the President and CEO of Joint Commision International.

2011-12-01

DNV Releases New Fuel Saving Guidelines

Shanghai--The combination of low charter rates and high fuel prices is creating a strong interest in fuel saving measures. DNV has now updated the Fuel Saving Guideline for Bulk Carriers, which was released in April this year, and has issued three new guidelines covering tank, bulk, and container vessels.

2011-12-01

Partnership agreement signed with ETHIC Intelligence

Oslo/Paris: DNV Business Assurance recently entered into partnership with ETHIC Intelligence, a highly-reputed provider of anti-corruption certification. Through this partnership, DNV Business Assurance can now offer reliable, quality certification of anti-corruption programs.

2011-11-30

New DNV software for strength and fatigue analysis of offshore wind turbine structures

DNV is launching new design software for ultimate strength and fatigue analysis of offshore wind turbine structures - Sesam GeniE Wind. Building on 40 years as a leading design tool for engineering floating and fixed offshore structures, the new Sesam module uniquely addresses the wind industry’s need to model the combined effect of wind and wave loads.

2011-11-29

DNV signs contract to certify offshore transformer station

Hamburg: DNV has signed a contract to certify the high voltage direct current (HVDC) DolWin beta transformer station offshore Germany. This includes certifying the design phase, construction, fabrication, transport and commissioning of the station.

2011-11-29

LNG as ship fuel is gaining momentum

“Increasing focus on LNG as a clean and cost effective ship fuel has brought forward initiatives throughout the shipping industry, preparing the ground for a more rapid introduction of LNG as fuel for ships in all segments,” said Mr. Remi Eriksen, COO of DNV Asia Pacific & Middle East at a press conference at the Marintec China in Shanghai.

2011-11-22

DNV upbeat on Africa

Africa offers significant opportunities but there is a need to stimulate more private investment by reducing investment risks according to Bjørn K. Haugland, Chief Operating Officer, DNV Sustainability and Innovation.

2011-11-17

World’s largest heavy lift vessel to be classed by DNV

Rotterdam: Dockwise’s new heavy lift vessel, the Dockwise Vanguard, will be able to lift and transport units of up to 110,000 tonnes. The maximum capacity of an existing vessel is 75,000 tonnes.

2011-11-17

Potentials identified for foreign companies in China’s fast growing LNG sector

The rapidly growing LNG industry in China is expected to draw on wide support from foreign companies in order to meet the demand for technologies and competencies needed to realise ambitious targets.

2011-10-31

World’s first certificate of fitness for safe CO2 storage

Calgary: DNV awards the world’s first certificate of fitness for safe CO2 storage to Shell’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage project.

2011-10-19

The HS Chopin brings DNV Navigator to 2000

Hamburg: DNV Navigator certificate no. 2000 has now been installed on the HS Chopin. The event took place while the 3,500 TEU container vessel visited the port of Hamburg.

2011-10-18

Matthias Laatsch to lead DNV’s wind energy office in Hamburg

Hamburg: DNV has appointed Matthias Laatsch to lead its wind energy operations in Hamburg, Germany. Due to the combination of its global leadership in the certification of offshore wind projects and strong local capabilities in marine operations and surveillance in fabrication yards, DNV is in a prime position to support Germany’s offshore wind energy industry.

2011-10-18

DNV accelerates its Carbon Capture and Storage activities in Asia Pacific

Carbon Capture and Storage enabling use of CO2 for enhanced oil and gas recovery, is currently being planned for projects in Asia, Australia and Middle East.

2011-10-06

DNV report confirms huge potential for Coal Bed Methane in Asia

Coal Bed Methane (CBM) may become as important for Asia and Australia, as shale gas has become for North America. This requires that the CBM industry manages to overcome critical commercial, technical and regulatory challenges. A DNV-facilitated study concludes that reliable verification schemes, more comprehensive performance monitoring systems, more specific environmental guidelines and more reliable risk mitigation options are needed to make this industry expand.

2011-09-27

DNV releases updated standard for offshore wind turbine structures

DNV’s recognized standard for design of offshore wind turbine structures has been through a revision process together with the wind energy industry. The updated standard which aims to reduce cost and increase safety is now available.

2011-09-21

DNV commits to ‘Sustainable Energy for All’

DNV is committed to supporting the UN’s ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ targets.

2011-09-21

DNV and Triality won the Lloyd’s List Innovation Award

The Lloyd’s List Global Award for the shipping industry’s best innovation project 2011 was won by DNV. At a ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel, Chief Operating Officer Ioannis Kourmatzis accepted the award on behalf of DNV.

2011-09-20

DNV establishes a pipeline technical committee in Greater China

DNV has established its Greater China Pipeline Technical Consultative Committee. Yang Zupei, Secretary General of CNPC Oil & Gas Storage and Transportation Standardization Committee, has accepted DNV’s invitation to be the Chairman of the Committee.

2011-09-13

DNV opens thought-provoking debate in Brussels on global megatrends challenging sustainability

Brussels: Technology Outlook 2020 provides a view of the technology solutions for the next decade. DNV’s outlook points at mega-trends analysed on the basis of population, economy, governance, natural resources production and consumption.

2011-09-13

Sweden grants shipping certification authority to DNV

Oslo: DNV has been granted extended authorisation by the Swedish Transport Agency to act as a Recognised Organisation providing statutory survey services to Swedish-flagged vessels engaged in international trade. Effective from 1 September 2011, this increased responsibility for DNV has the strong support of the Swedish Shipowners’ Association, Sveriges Redare-Förening.

2011-09-09

DNV accredited for wind turbine certification in Korea

As the first international certification body DNV has received accreditation in Korea to deliver type and project certification of wind turbines and wind farms. Due to the accreditation from the Dutch Accreditation Council, DNV now has official approval to handle all aspects of the certification work using its local wind experts. This provides a number of advantages to Korean and Asian manufacturers.

2011-09-08

DNV expands its presence in China

Jiangyin, China- DNV has opened a new office in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province. This new development strengthens DNV’s continuous commitment to supporting China’s rapidly developing economy.

2011-09-08

DNV defines safe testing for high risk subsea pipeline welds

Aberdeen: DNV has developed a protocol to ensure diver safety and weld integrity for the most challenging subsea welding jobs where traditional pressure testing is not possible.

2011-09-07

DNV report warns the era of cheap oil is coming to an end

Aberdeen: The DNV ‘Technology Outlook 2020’ report presented at Offshore Europe warns that the age of ‘cheap’ oil is coming to an end. With a forecasted increase in global energy demand of 19% by 2020, DNV says the sector will have to push the boundaries to satisfy this need.

2011-09-07

Technology endorsement success for new FPSO turret mooring

Aberdeen: DNV has endorsed Sigma Offshore’s new FPSO turret mooring system that can be installed without drydocking and which uses a fraction of the steel required for traditional turret systems. Suitable for harsh conditions, such as the Arctic, the new technology is expected to significantly reduce installation and operational expenses.

2011-09-07

Making the right decision about aging oil and gas facilities

Aberdeen: DNV has developed a rapid, semi-quantitative method for evaluating asset condition, including a prioritisation of risks and works required, for aging onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities. Put to the test in both Africa and Europe, the aim is to support the investment or divestment decisions that often occur when such facilities near the end of their design life.

2011-09-07

Feasibility of new deepwater well intervention approved

Aberdeen: DNV has taken Expro’s new AX-S deepwater subsea well intervention system through a feasibility assessment designed to demonstrate the viability of the innovation to stakeholders and investors. AX-S will make well intervention possible without the need for drilling rig or riser system in waters up to 3,000m deep.

2011-09-07

DNV to class world’s most advanced seismic vessel

Aberdeen: The new, fifth generation Ramform series seismic vessels of PGS is built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Japan. The order for two seismic vessels plus two options which was signed in Oslo earlier this year. When completed in 2013 these vessels will be the most technically advanced seismic vessel featuring 3D seismic data acquisition and analysis capability. The vessels will be built to DNV class.

2011-09-07

DNV develops HSE procedures for a mid-west utility’s wind operations in the US

Seattle, WA, USA: DNV has developed HSE procedures for a mid-west utility’s wind operations. For wind farm operators such safety programs keep workers safe, comply with regulations and meet or exceed best practices for hazard management in the wind industry.

2011-09-01

South Africa’s President discuss carbon capture at DNV

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, the Norwegian King Harald, the Norwegian Minister of Oil and Gas, Ola Borten Moe and number of industry players met at DNV today to discuss cooperation and the future for carbon capture and storage (CCS). DNV encourages a close cooperation between stakeholders in order to realize CCS as an industrial opportunity.

2011-08-10

Arctic drilling in a safe way

Oslo, 10 August: today DNV’s summer students presented the results of seven weeks of intense and targeted work with a concept for year-round drilling and exploration offshore north-east Greenland. More than anything their work unfolded a massive need for new technologies, improved standards and increased arctic research. But that’s not all; the students predict that drilling in the Arctic could be up to four times as expensive as drilling in the North Sea.

2011-08-01

New DNV guidance addresses the optimal use of remote sensing technology for wind power projects

DNV has published a new Recommended Practice document that provides the wind power industry with in-depth knowledge about the use of remote sensing technology for characterizing wind resources.

2011-07-19

DNV contributes to China’s project excellence

DNV recently co-arranged the China National Project Excellence Awards together with the Investment Association of China. The awards were also endorsed by the National Development and Reform Commission, which is the parent body of Investment Association of China.

2011-07-14

New DNV well integrity guideline provides solution to CO2 storage challenges

DNV has released a new guideline for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects. The CO2WELLS guideline is the result of a major joint industry project which brought together upstream operators and power utility companies. Aimed at project developers and authorities, it describes a generic framework process for managing the risks associated with existing wells at carbon dioxide (CO2) storage locations, both onshore and offshore.

2011-07-11

One more water and sanitation project delivered with DNV support

Jilin China: One more water and sanitation project supported by DNV has been completed and handed over to the local villagers. Since 2005, DNV has been continuously supporting the water and sanitation projects in Northeastern China by collaborating with the Norwegian and Chinese Red Cross. In total, more than 3000 villagers of 1000 households have benefited from the projects.

2011-07-05

DNV acquiring the software company Synergi Solutions

DNV has acquired Synergi Solutions and enlarges its present software portfolio extensively together with 30 new employees. “We are now able to provide the most complete set of risk based software for operational integrity management and asset integrity to the energy, maritime and healthcare industries,” says Are Føllesdal Tjønn, managing director at DNV’s software house.

2011-07-01

DNV accredited for power quality testing of wind turbines

Seattle, WA – DNV announces that it has obtained accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for power quality testing on wind turbines.

2011-06-28

IFE awarded environmental-management and quality certification

Kjeller, 27 June: IFE, an international research institute for energy and nuclear technology, has been certified by DNV Business Assurance in accordance with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 international standards.

2011-06-24

DNV recognised as a global leader in Sustainability Assurance

OSLO: DNV’s sustainability assurance services were put to the test in global research carried out by the independent analyst firm Verdantix. The analysis found DNV to be one of the six providers that lead the global sustainability assurance market.

2011-06-20

World’s most efficient container vessels contracted in China

Shanghai: The new generation of 10,000 TEU container vessels contracted by Seaspan represents major improvements in energy efficiency, cargo capacity, operational efficiency and emission reductions. The order for seven 10,000 TEU container vessels plus 18 options is the biggest ever container contract entered into in China. The vessels will be built to DNV class.

2011-06-16

DNV to verify Green Ships for Korea Finance Corporation’s “Green Ship Program”

SEOUL: On 15 June 2011, DNV signed a MoU with the Korea Finance Corporation (KoFC) to cooperate on verification of the green ships.

2011-06-09

New Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Council in DNV

HØVIK: Leif-Arne Langøy has been elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of DNV (Det Norske Veritas). Walter Qvam has been elected as the new Chairman of the DNV Council. In addition, Morten Ulstein has been elected Vice Chairman of the DNV Board.

2011-06-09

Leadership change at DNV Petroleum Services

SINGAPORE – DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS) is pleased to announce that Eirik Andreassen has taken over the position of Managing Director from Tore Morten Wetterhus, who is returning to DNV HQ in Oslo, Norway, to assume the role of Director of Technology & Services at the Governance & Global Development Division.

2011-06-08

Containership owner Seaspan receives Triple-E rating

Vancouver, Canada: Containership owner Seaspan has received DNV’s new Triple-E rating. Triple-E is a voluntary self-improvement tool designed to assist ship owners in continuously improving their environmental performance.

2011-06-07

USCG extends additional statutory authority to DNV

Houston: The US Coast Guard (USCG) has granted DNV the authority to issue Certificates of Fitness to US-flagged offshore supply vessels (OSVs) that transport or handle limited amounts of hazardous and noxious liquid substances (NLS).

2011-06-02

Crew competence in managing marine fuel is paramount to safe and efficient ship operations

Maritime academy trainees should receive thorough grounding in bunker management before going to sea

2011-05-26

Ecore: A step change in VLOC design

Together with FKAB, TGE Marine, Cargotec and MAN Diesel & Turbo, DNV has participated in a joint industry project to develop Ecore, a Very Large Ore Carrier concept designed to lower fuel costs and improve loading efficiency.

2011-05-26

ECO-Ship 2020: An open hatch bulk carrier of the future

Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and DNV are pleased to announce the completion of the first milestone of a joint programme to develop the ECO-Ship 2020, a concept design for an open hatch bulk carrier (OHBC) developed to significantly lower fuel costs, meet or exceed regulatory standards and improve commercial performance.

2011-05-25

DNV introduces new special level wind turbine type certification system

In order to enhance flexibility and speed with regards to type certification, DNV is introducing a new ‘Special Level’ Type Certificate for wind turbines. It differs with respect to the Type Certificate according to IEC 61400-22 in that blade fatigue testing will not be required.

2011-05-24

ShipGaz awarded DNV’s SeaSkill certificate

ShipGaz Training was today awarded the DNV SeaSkill™ Maritime Education and Training Certificate. The certificate was handed over to ShipGaz Training at the Nor-Shipping conference in Oslo, Norway.

2011-05-24

New DNV data analytics tool helps shipping companies get best value from bunker purchases

Oslo, Norway – DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS) releases Fuel Insight, the most advanced data analytics product for bunker fuel, providing incisive real-time information on deliveries around the world as an aid for effective procurement and benchmarking.

2011-05-23

Safety trend reversed

Oslo: “A downward trend in safety statics creates concerns and it is now time to reinstall the balance between safety and environmental risk. A greater focus on the human elements and competence in the shipping industry is needed,” said Tor Svensen, the President of DNV.

2011-05-19

Second research agreement signed between DNV and NTUA

Athens: DNV and the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) have signed a second-phase agreement in their strategic research and development collaboration.

2011-05-06

DNV signs cooperation agreement with STRI

DNV has signed an agreement with the Swedish Transmission Research Institute (STRI) in an effort to meet the increasing market demand for advanced solutions for power transmission in the offshore sector.

2011-05-04

DNV is appointed as CVA for Cape Wind

Houston: DNV is appointed as the Certified Verification Agent (CVA) for the Cape Wind Project, the first offshore wind farm to be built in the US. The role of DNV as CVA is to conduct third-party design reviews, inspections and other verification activities.

2011-04-28

USCG gives DNV nod for Passenger Ship Safety Certificates

Houston: The U.S. Coast Guard has extended DNV’s statutory authorizations under the USCG Alternate Compliance Program to include Passenger Ship Safety Certificates.

2011-04-20

Dr. Sanjay Kuttan from EMA joins DNV Clean Technology Centre

Dr. Sanjay Kuttan has been appointed head of DNV's risk management activities towards regional power and utility companies. He joins DNV in April as Director of its Clean Technology Centre.

2011-04-14

Positive trend in ship safety is broken, says DNV President

Singapore, 13.04.2011: “Year on year improvements in ship safety is now turning into a negative trend. This is extremely worrying and requires a stronger focus on competence development both onboard and onshore,” DNV’s President Tor E. Svensen said at Sea Asia.

2011-04-13

New Guide and Calculator demonstrate profitable fuel saving

Singapore: Bulk carrier newbuildings have a potential for saving 5 – 10 percent of fuel cost by introducing fuel saving measures.

2011-04-12

DNV qualifies Polarcus Arctic operating procedures

DNV (Det Norske Veritas) is pleased to announce the hand over today of DNV’s Statement of Qualification to qualify Polarcus’ Arctic operating procedures according to industry best practice and relevant standards. The Statement of Qualification was presented to Polarcus at the 7th Annual Arctic Shipping Summit in Helsinki, Finland.

2011-04-07

Stena RoRo first to sign Triple-E contract

Gothenburg: Stena RoRo has become the first operator to sign a contract for DNV’s new Triple-E rating. Triple-E is an environmental and energy efficiency rating scheme for ships which helps ship operators to stay at the forefront with regard to green shipping rules and regulations.

2011-03-29

Dedicated energy efficiency group established in Piraeus

Piraeus: DNV has established a dedicated environment and energy efficiency team to operate out of the Piraeus office in response to the increasing level of interest shown by shipowners in the region.

2011-03-23

DNV report on Deepwater Horizon BOP concluded

Oslo: The forensic examination of the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer (BOP) is now concluded, and DNV has submitted its report to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), who today made the report publically available.

2011-03-21

Towards performance based regulations

The US Coast Guard issues regulations to ensure maritime safety. USCG Commandant Bob Papp is interviewed in DNV’s corporate magazine Forum: “To be sure, we have prescriptive regulations, such as many of the lifesaving and fire protection regulations, but we are moving more towards performance based regulations,” he says.

2011-03-16

Large potential for LNG in regional shipping and power generation

Singapore: Investments in infrastructure for small scale LNG power production might be justified when the total demand for electric power exceeds 500 MW within a 120,000 km2 island region with no pipeline connection.

2011-03-16

Joint Industry Project to develop an improved design basis for the use of shear keys

DNV is inviting key industry players to create an improved basis for a reliable design methodology for grouted connections with shear keys in jacket type and monopile wind turbine structures.

2011-03-16

Joint Industry Project to manage subsea power cabling risks

Brussels: In order to decrease the risks associated with subsea power cabling in offshore wind farms and other energy-related projects, DNV is inviting the industry to develop common best practices.

2011-03-14

DNV with new cleaner energy leadership in the UK

London, UK: DNV is strengthening its UK focus on cleaner energies by appointing Mark Young as head of its Cleaner Energy Department. His broad experience in both the US and European market is of great value for risk management services and technical support to the rapidly growing UK wind industry.

2011-03-14

DNV strengthens cleaner energy management in North America

Houston, USA: In order to support ambitious growth targets in the US, DNV announces the promotions of Robert Z. Poore to Vice President of Business and Service Development for Cleaner Energy and Stephen R. Jones to Head of Department in the Seattle and Boston offices.

2011-03-14

First 2-stroke gas engine taking Quantum 1-stroke further

London: By introducing a new solution for LNG-fuelled ships, DNV and MAN Diesel & Turbo are taking the Quantum concept ship one stroke further. Both the machinery and the hull design and arrangement have been improved.

2011-03-01

DNV to issue new offshore technical guidance on offshore gas terminals

Based on DNV’s extensive experience in LNG, the company has prepared a detailed design and construction guidance for offshore gas terminals, scheduled to be released shortly.

2011-02-28

Dolphin Drilling to receive the first ISDS class notation

DNV will shortly issue the first ISDS (Integrated Software Dependent Systems) class certificate to Dolphin Drilling. Several major rig owners are now requesting the ISDS notation on newbuilds. DNV is working to prepare yards and suppliers worldwide to deliver to the ISDS requirements.

2011-02-22

Prepares for safety and compliance at Rotterdam’s new LNG terminal

Rotterdam: Rotterdam’s Gate terminal will be the first LNG import terminal in The Netherlands and DNV is assisting the developers to meet the safety and regulatory requirements set for this landmark project.

2011-02-21

DNV recommends LNG fuel shipping for North America

Houston: “Domestic ships in North America have three options to meet new emissions control regulations; install scrubbers, burn low sulphur fuel or switch to LNG fuel for the ship’s propulsion,” says Kenneth Vareide, director of operations for DNV North America Maritime.

2011-02-21

Supply chain optimization will reduce ship emissions and benefit the environment

Together with partners in the MARLEN project, DNV recently completed the development of a supply chain performance tool for calculating the environmental impact and energy efficiency of maritime logistics chains.

2011-01-28

New design practices for offshore wind turbine structures

DNV and key industry players are today releasing a report on the design of offshore monopile wind turbine structures.

2011-01-20

DNV 150 years old: Historical collaboration with NTNU

Oslo: NTNU rector Torbjørn Digernes and the CEO of DNV (Det Norske Veritas) Henrik O. Madsen met yesterday to kick off an exciting research and history book project related to DNV’s 150th anniversary in 2014. DNV is contributing NOK 7 million to the project, which will among other things finance several doctoral scholarships.

2011-01-17

DNVPS charts 30 years of progress in the bunker testing business

DNV Petroleum Services launched its testing service on Jan. 1, 1981. The company has tested 1.4 million fuel samples since then.

2011-01-06

DNV evaluates the safety of Rotterdam’s expanding CO2 hub

Oslo: Risk management studies carried out by DNV will be crucial to the safety and public acceptance of the CO2 logistics hub being developed through the Rotterdam Climate Initiative.

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