10 Top New DNV GL Appointments Strengthen Global Leadership

DNV GL has appointed 10 new regional managers to fulfil its ambition to provide the world’s most comprehensive level of classification services, technical support and research outcomes.


DNV GL Appoints Maritime Regional Manager for Asia Pacific Region

DNV GL has appointed Mr Steen Brodsgard Lund as the Maritime Regional Manager for South East Asia and the Pacific.


DNV GL Appoints Maritime Regional Manager for Middle East and India

DNV GL has appointed Mr Uwe Bullwinkel as the new Maritime Regional Manager for the Middle East and India. Formerly the Head of the Americas Region for Germanischer Lloyd, Uwe Bullwinkel has been with the classification society for almost 25 years and has held roles which have seen him in locales from Hamburg to Houston.


Paal Johansen new manager for DNV GL’s maritime business in the Americas

Houston: Following the merger of DNV and GL, Paal Johansen is heading up the joint maritime operations in North and South America. His previous position was Director of Renewable Energy in DNV North America.


DNV GL and SDARI introduce new Green Dolphin bulk carrier concept

DNV GL and Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) have introduced the Green Dolphin 575 concept design for a handymax bulk carrier. Green Dolphin 575 aims to be fuel and energy efficient, robust and reliable, operationally flexible and able to meet current and future environmental regulations.


DNV GL takes the lead on research and innovation

DNV GL has become the world’s leading ship and offshore classification society, with a 24 per cent market share of the world’s classed ships and mobile offshore units measured in gross tonnage. The group combines two major innovation clusters and will continue to invest five per cent of its annual revenue in R&D, including long-term, strategic research.


DNV GL is calling on the industry to step forward and support its ‘Walk to Work’ JIP

DNV GL is initiating a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to provide guidance on an alternative means of personnel transfer onto offshore installations.


Jan Koren has won the Tanker Shipping & Trade Lifetime Achievement Award

Jan Koren, DNV’s former Segment Director for Tankers, was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tanker Safety Conference in London today.


Monjasa DMCC to implement GL ShipManager system

Monjasa DMCC, the bunkering specialist, has chosen to implement the GL ShipManager system to optimize and streamline their ship management practices.


DNV GL to class LNG Powered Helgoland Ferry

The new Fassmer built Helgoland ferry for AG EMS, will be constructed under the supervision of classification society DNV GL. The nearly 80m long vessel will be the first German flagged newbuilding to be equipped with an propulsion system designed to operate primarily with liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel.


DNVGL releases enhanced offshore class rules

Oslo: DNV’s Enhanced Classification Rules for mobile offshore units presented in May have been further improved through a process of industry consultation and feedback. The final versions of the related DNV Offshore Standards have been released and are available now.


DNV GL to class two pipe laying vessels at new Vard Promar yard in Brazil

The two pipe laying vessels (PLSVs) are to be built at the brand new Vard Promar yard in Recife, in the North East of Brazil. The order is part of 4 OSVs by DOF/Norskan and Technip, important customers for Vard. The other two of these vessels are to be built in Norway, also to DNV class.


DNV GL recommends ways to make LNG bunkering safe and efficient

One of the key hurdles to the increased global use of ships fuelled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is the lack of harmonisation of bunkering operations. “DNV GL is therefore today launching a Recommended Practice for authorities, LNG bunker suppliers and ship operators which provides guidance on how LNG bunkering can be undertaken in a safe and efficient manner,” says Lars Petter Blikom, DNV GL’s LNG director.


New Synergi Pipeline enables GIS integration

DNV Software’s new release of Synergi Pipeline software includes GIS integration, providing pipeline operators better analyses and decision-making based on geographically referenced and visualized data via the web interface.


IK Investment Partners to acquire DNV Petroleum Services from Det Norske Veritas

Funds managed by IK Investment Partners (IK) have entered into an agreement with the Norwegian foundation Det Norske Veritas (DNV), to acquire its subsidiary DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS), a global leader in fuel management services. Financial details for the transaction were not disclosed.


ISDS breakthrough with American drilling contractors

Korea, 30 September: DNV and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have today signed a contract for the classification of a semisubmersible according to DNV’s standard for Integrated Software Dependent Systems (ISDS). The vessel will be owned by the US company Diamond Offshore Drilling Ltd (DODL). This is the first project for an American owner and a breakthrough for ISDS, which has previously been applied by Norwegian owners.


DNV GL merger approved by competition authorities

Oslo: The merger between DNV and GL is now approved. The new company - DNV GL - will be operational from 12 September.


DNV launches report highlighting crucial industry improvements to lessen the risk of another major offshore accident

Aberdeen: In the report entitled ‘Enhancing offshore safety and environmental performance’, DNV suggests six critical levers to provide a more holistic safety framework across the oil and gas industry.


Strong half-year performance by DNV

A focus on safety, service quality and the ability to provide leading-edge technology advice and solutions have contributed to the strong half-year performance for Det Norske Veritas Group AS (DNV). Revenues amounted to NOK 6,665 million and DNV strengthened its global position in all its key areas.


Moving from subjective to objective decisions with plant integrity software

Managing onshore and offshore assets has previously demanded multiple risk-based inspection (RBI) software tools, increasing operator cost and reducing efficiency. With the new release of DNV Software’s Synergi Plant, which has integration with Synergi RBI, operators can use one complete quantitative risk assessment system, moving from subjective to objective decision making and from preventive to predictive maintenance.


New Synergi Life Mobile App helps employees report more incidents

With the release of the Synergi Life Mobile App, DNV Software is enhancing its portfolio of risk and QHSE management solutions. This makes it easy for all employees to immediately report observations and incidents while on the go, ensuring that risk mitigating actions can be taken at once.


DNV to class ultra large container ships

Oslo: United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has signed contracts to build some of the world’s largest and greenest container ships – all of which will be classed by DNV.


MLC enforcement not just for passenger ships and bulkers

Oslo: DNV is supporting shipowners and operators through the initial enforcement phase of the Maritime Labour Convention with a range of services and advise that the major port state control bodies will go beyond International Labour Organisation Resolution XVII recommendations to initially just concentrate on passenger ships and bulk carriers.


DNV partners with Ohio State University on combating corrosion

Det Norske Veritas Research & Innovation (DNV), a world leader in corrosion, materials, and structural integrity, has committed to fund a second major faculty position within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at The Ohio State University to advance corrosion research.


DNV plays an active role in introducing LNG as ship fuel in Germany

Hamburg: “Making technology-based decisions is complex for each individual company, as is finding the right way into the future. We fully support the overall political will and dedication to reduce harmful emissions from ship operations.”


Alstom to supply two new short circuit generators to DNV KEMA

Contract first step in expansion of DNV KEMA’s High-Power Laboratory in Arnhem.


New DNV KEMA Study Shows Improved Accuracy in Wind Industry Energy Assessments

Accurate estimates may lead to more favorable financing terms for wind projects and lower wind energy costs.


Denmark soon to get its very first LNG-fuelled domestic ferry

Copenhagen: Contracts for building the first LNG-fuelled ferry for domestic Danish trade have now been signed. This represents a major milestone as the ship will be the first LNG-fuelled ferry designed for domestic trade in the EU.


DNV launch improved standard for specialised wind farm service vessels

London: DNV has launched a significant revision to the rules for wind farm service vessels (WFSV) to improve the safety of these specialised vessels which are undertaking multiple roles further and further offshore. The announcement was made at the Seawork exhibition and forum which is taking place between 25 and 27 June in Southampton, UK.


DNV KEMA releases floating offshore wind turbine structures standard

DNV KEMA has released its new standard for floating offshore wind turbine structures that will help ensure safety and reliability in floating wind turbines, and give the nascent floating-turbine sector the confidence to continue its development to commercial maturity.


Maersk Drilling hires DNV for software quality assurance

Maersk Drilling and DNV have entered into a contract to quality assure the software for Maersk’s new CJ70 jack-up units to be delivered by Keppel in Singapore.


DNV Software advances 3D simulation technology for marine operations

Marine operations – such as transportation, installation and lifting of fixed and floating structures and subsea equipment – are becoming increasingly challenging as operators move to harsher climates and deeper waters. DNV Software is now launching Sesam Marine, a groundbreaking software solution that keeps pace with the increasing complexity of marine operations with 3D simulation and visualisation.


LNG as fuel for shipping in North America: What does it take?

The IMO (International Maritime Organization) has chosen DNV to gather knowledge about the potential of LNG powered international shipping in the North American Emission Control Area (ECA) and identify the necessary conditions for the successful implementation of LNG as a fuel source in the region.


DNV gains US Coast Guard acceptance

Oslo: DNV has become the first class society to achieve the status of an Independent Laboratory (IL). This means it is authorised by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to evaluate and test technologies designed to treat ballast water on ships in order to prevent the spread of non-native aquatic species in lakes, rivers and coastal waters.


New guide maps top 100 sustainable solutions

The DNV-backed Sustainia institute has launched its new sustainability guide, Sustainia100, that maps readily available solutions successfully deployed in 128 countries around the world.


DNV first with rules for low flashpoint maritime fuels

Oslo: The 1. July DNV will release rules for using low flashpoint fuels such as methanol for bunker fuel. Interest for methanol as ship fuel is growing in response to the need to reduce NOx and SOx emissions. However, with a flashpoint of just 12°C, it poses safety challenges, and DNV’s new notation, an industry first, covers every aspect of safe design.


Industry knowledge grows with DNV’s portable survey simulator

Oslo: DNV’s training simulator is designed to demonstrate thousands of potential vessel defects with real life accuracy, and it is now available on laptop with special training programmes developed to suit inspectors, seafarers and technical managers. The potential of Sesam SurveySimulator will be demonstrated in DNV’s 2013 Fire Safety Awareness Campaign.


Enhancing lifeboat safety

Oslo: DNV is taking lifeboat safety one step further. The company claims that maritime lifeboat safety will be enhanced by transferring offshore lifeboat design practices to ships.


Before and after data convincing for container-ship nose replacement

Oslo: DNV has gathered before and after operational-performance data which indicate that redesigning the bulbous bow of slow-steaming container ships can produce fuel savings of 5 per cent or above. These ‘nose jobs’ can have a payback time of less than a year.


DNV wants increased focus on plastic degradation in the ocean

Oslo: DNV and WWF have announced ideas on how to develop a research concept vessel that can address the seemingly intractable problems associated with cleaning up the plastic debris that is accumulating in the world’s ocean gyres. The pathways and degradation processes of plastic in the ocean are still largely unknown, and to enable efficient clean-up these knowledge gaps need to be filled.


DNV urges increased safety focus in shipping

Oslo: 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,” says Tor Svensen, Chief Operating Officer Asia Pacific and President DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas.


DNV Receives Initial Approval for SEMS Auditing

HOUSTON, May 23, 2013 – DNV Business Assurance has received approval to begin providing SEMS audits to oil and gas drilling operators in the Gulf of Mexico and other areas of the US outer continental shelf.


Growing interest in the safety and reliability of integrated software-dependent systems

DNV is experiencing increasing demand from the drilling market for services related to the safety and reliability of integrated software-dependent systems (ISDS).


Strong performance by DNV

DNV’s continued focus on safety and service quality and the ability to provide leading-edge technology advice and solutions contributed to the company’s strong market and financial performance in 2012. Revenues increased by 27% compared to 2011 and DNV strengthened its global position in all its key areas: maritime, oil & gas, energy & sustainability and business assurance.


Better safety barrier management is the next step to improve offshore safety

OTC/Houston: To avoid major accidents, safety barriers are critical to stop accident pathways before they become serious, and they need to be treated accordingly. This has to be reflected in operations and ideally in regulations. If not, safety barriers which often address rare events might lose the everyday battle for attention among all the safety and production systems in daily use, leaving a company with fictional barriers and false sense of security.


New DNV JIP to speed up subsea construction

In the construction of a subsea project, one challenge is the long delivery time of large steel forgings used for key components. This is mainly due to compliance with oil companies’ individual requirements. DNV is now inviting the subsea industry to jointly obtain synergies by developing a best-practice approach. The aim is to reduce delivery time and production costs and improve material quality, thus reducing the risk throughout the supply chain.


DNV signs agreement with University of California Berkeley

DNV has signed a cooperation agreement with the University of California Berkeley to extend its technology development program for its technical experts.


DNV Software launches innovative solution for offshore risk analysis

Oslo/Houston: Harsher environments, life extension and more demanding regulatory and business requirements are some of the challenges the offshore industry faces.


DNV enhances class rules for offshore units

Houston/Oslo: DNV has restructured its offshore classification rules for Mobile Offshore Units in order to improve transparency and enhance safety. “Our aim is to help the rig owner in the building process – to clearly show that the unit is constructed in compliance with reliability and safety standards. At the same time, yards can achieve improved efficiency and have the ability to document the safety level of alternative solutions,” says Erik Henriksen, Director for Mobile Offshore Units at DNV.


DNV supports drydock free operation of Mobile Offshore Units

Moving MOUs to sheltered waters or drydock facilities for surveys is disruptive and expensive. Using the experience gained from several years of dealing with floating production units and surveying drilling units on location, DNV is now preparing a Recommended Practice (RP) to allow mobile offshore units to operate on location by optimizing survey routines without compromising on quality, safety and integrity.


European cooperation on Power-to-Gas for future energy system

Arnhem, the Netherlands, 26 April 2013 – Eleven leading companies in Europe have joined forces in the newly established North Sea Power to Gas Platform to further develop the concept of Power-to-Gas (P2G): the conversion of renewable power into gas. P2G will play an increasingly important role in our future energy system, as it reduces temporal surpluses of renewable power by converting these surpluses into gases. As these gases can be used for different purposes such as transportation, domestic heating, as feedstock for the chemical industry, and power generation, the potential value of P2G is considerable.


DNV Software providing one single data model for offshore design

Design and analysis of offshore and maritime structures has previously involved the use of several different models where data from one model must be manually transferred to others – a costly and time-consuming process. DNV Software is now releasing Sesam GeniE 6.4, where design engineers can use one single model for design, modification and life extension. This new version increases significantly both efficiency and the quality of the design results , says Ole Jan Nekstad, DNV Software Product Director for Sesam.


Terry Loftis, the new Chairman of DNV’s Rig Owners’ Committee

Houston, Texas: Terry Loftis, Director of Engineering of Transocean, has been appointed as the Chairman of DNV’s Rig Owners’ Committee.


Being ‘LNG ready’ could be the best option for many ships

Oslo: DNV now offers shipowners the support they need to make newbuilds and existing vessels ‘LNG ready’ with class approved designs, ready for later, simple retrofit of LNG technology. The service enables shipowners to make smart choices and minimal investments now in readiness for when LNG bunkering becomes widely available.


Technology breakthrough in offshore wind design analysis

Previously there has been no single software tool available on the market that covers both wind turbine and substructure design analysis in one analysis package. Now Fedem Technology and DNV Software have joined forces with a new coupled analysis module available in Sesam Wind – used when performance of the wind turbine is influenced by wave loading.


New DNV JIP aims to reduce jacking failure

Jacking gears are by definition the most characteristic systems of self-elevating units and jack-ups. However, this gear remains often neglected on board, with a high potential for dire consequences. In order to achieve higher availability, reduce the risk of gear failure and lower the life cycle cost, DNV is inviting the industry to participate in a Joint Industry Project (JIP).


DNV and Grieg Star take Batteries On Board

Bergen, Norway 10 April 2013: Battery hybrid ships are believed to be an alternative energy system mix for the shipping of tomorrow. Recent results of a joint DNV and Grieg Star hybrid ship crane project show less than a year’s payback time and fuel savings of 30 % - and that you should get your battery on board sooner rather than later.


DNV Business Assurance joins Green Industry Platform

MILAN, 2 April 2013 - DNV Business Assurance, an international certification body, has joined the Green Industry Platform, a global multi-stakeholder partnership convened by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).


A new revision of DNV’s offshore standard for Integrated Software Dependent Systems

A new and more user-friendly version of DNV’s offshore standard for Integrated Software Dependent Systems (ISDS) has been issued. DNV is experiencing increasing demand from the drilling market for this kind of service and has now established a separate dedicated section in order to better serve this growing market.


DNV KEMA’s new Multiphase Flow Lab to enhance Oil & Gas quality assurance

Groningen, the Netherlands, 15 March 2013 – Today, March 15th 2013, energy consulting and testing & certification company DNV KEMA is officially opening a new Multiphase Flow Laboratory (MPFL) in Groningen, the Netherlands. The facility will allow equipment manufactures and oil & gas companies to test, validate and calibrate multiphase technologies – e.g. separators and flow meters – for respectively the production of oil and gas, and the measurement and trading of gas. As the MPFL is operating in a unique true-to-life environment, the facility will help increasing the accuracy of future multiphase flow meters, as well as the efficiency of future multiphase separators. As a result, it is expected that the economical and operational risks of oil and gas fields can be better managed. With the MPFL, DNV KEMA responds to the increasing global demand for and supply of gas.


Antwerp Port Authority takes the next step in LNG bunkering

Oslo: The Antwerp Port Authority has commissioned DNV to develop operational procedures for LNG bunkering in preparation for supporting clean shipping in the region. The port aims to position itself among the leaders in the Hamburg-Le Havre region ahead of stricter emissions controls entering into force in 2015.


DNV invites the industry to work on standard for pipelines in extremely deep water

Rio de Janeiro: 65% of the world’s offshore pipelines are designed and installed to DNV’s pipeline standard. Now DNV sees the need to capture more knowledge on how pipelines can safely withstand the pressures of 3000 meters depth, without prohibitive cost.


DNV and Statoil cooperate to enhance Arctic competence

Oslo: DNV and Statoil are today launching a competence programme that aims to enhance the two organisations’ knowledge about particular Arctic challenges. “Due to Arctic-specific risks such as remoteness, darkness, ice and low temperatures, it is utterly important to take a stepwise approach in which we learn and improve from the experience gained. Our complementary roles as operator and risk-management expert in challenging environments are the best reason for sharing best practices and enhancing our own expertise,” says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, COO DNV Norway, Finland and Russia.


New concept dealing with pipeline expansion

Transporting oil and gas from high-pressure and high-temperature reservoirs through pipelines is a major challenge. DNV has developed a new concept – SliPIPE – to deal with pipeline expansion.


DNV to evaluate two dry tree semi-submersible rig concepts for use in ultra-deepwater through US Department of Energy funded program

Houston: DNV in North America is awarded a USD 3 million US Department of Energy funded RPSEA project to evaluate and support the development of two cost competitive dry tree semi-submersible rig concepts, suitable for the Gulf Of Mexico in a minimum of 8,000 foot water depth with drilling and production capabilities.


DNV-led JIP proves feasible LNG bunkering in Australian ports

Australia: Attractive payback periods from the additional investments required for LNG fuelled shipping, along with no significant legal restrictions hindering development of LNG bunkering in Australia. This is the conclusion of a Joint Industry Project (JIP) focusing on LNG fuelled tugs and OSVs, managed by DNV with nine partners in Australia.


Free choice of class for floaters in the Gulf of Mexico - DNV chosen

Houston: Contract with DNV for classification and CVA (Certified Verification Authority) for Delta House floater marks new era of choice in the Gulf of Mexico



DNV KEMA launches CO2MPETENCY, a new project learning service for the CO2 management and CCS industries to accelerate world-wide competency building.


Polarcus recognises green ship operations as a business advantage

Polarcus, a Dubai-based seismic company, recently achieved DNV’s highest standard for environmental and energy-efficient ship operations by being awarded DNV’s Triple-E Level 1 rating for 6 of its modern seismic vessels.


First two stroke gas engines for LNG carriers

Vancouver: Teekay LNG Partners has ordered two 173,400m3 LNG carriers from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in Korea.


Global Campaign In Search of 100 Sustainable Solutions

International sustainability initiative Sustainia and its partners, including DNV, launch a global campaign to identify 100 readily available solutions with the potential to spearhead sustainable development across industries and markets.


DNV and PSE report on ship carbon capture & storage

Maritime CCS “feasible and can reduce emissions by 65%”


New framework for wind energy assessments

The new framework document, developed over two years in collaboration with leading consultants and developers, will lead to more transparency and advancements in the quantification of project losses and uncertainties says DNV KEMA.


Norway is teaming up in pole position for battery-powered ships

Oslo: The Norwegian shipping industry is teaming up and has taken a leading role in developing battery-powered ships. The first four hybrid vessels will start to sail in 2013/14. In 2015, they will be followed by the world largest fully electric ferry, which will regularly cross Norway’s largest fjord.


Successful type test of world record breaking HVDC flexible converter valve in China

DNV KEMA has successfully completed a witness type test project in China for a HVDC flexible converter valve with the world’s highest voltage and power rating.


Washington State Ferries (WSF) explores LNG as fuel together with DNV

“WSF burns more than 17 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel each year – and it’s our fastest growing operating expense. LNG has the potential to significantly reduce emissions and the cost of fuel,” said Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Assistant Secretary David Moseley.


DNV KEMA launches new risk management guidance for the CCS industry

CCS is an important emerging technology in the fight against climate change. Using the guidance will help gain public confidence that CCS can be delivered in a safe and responsible manner through knowledge-based, consistent and robust hazard management


Technology and energy efficiency addresses energy challenges

Technological advances in renewable energy and energy efficiency can help address energy challenges according to DNV executives at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.


Pathways toward Low Carbon Shipping

17. January 2013, Høvik: Possible pathways to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping are published in a new DNV Research & Innovation position paper, giving directions for more environmentally friendly seaborne trade.


DNV to cooperate with Korea Gas Corporation on a feasibility study of LNG bunkering in Korea

DNV and Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), Korea’s national gas company, have entered into an agreement to cooperate on a feasibility study on the establishment of an LNG bunkering infrastructure in Korea. This is one of the largest and most comprehensive feasibility studies ever initiated in the worldwide LNG bunkering industry.


Collaboration to prepare European electricity networks for influx of electric vehicles

Arnhem, the Netherlands / Freiburg, Germany / Aalborg, Denmark, 18 January 2013 – A European consortium, consisting of DNV KEMA, Fraunhofer ISE, EMD International, RAH and RFVV, has begun an EU funded project to develop modeling and simulation tools for optimally integrating electrical vehicles (EVs) into electricity networks. The project, Novel E-Mobility Grid Model (NEMO), plays a key role in the further development of electric mobility in Europe and will be an important element in the further development of smart grids.


DNV launches global recommended practice for shale gas risk management

Houston: DNV has launched a recommended practice (RP) for the entire life cycle of shale gas extraction, based on risk management principles, industry best practices and standards. The objective is for the RP to form the foundation for future development of a globally recognized standard for safe and sustainable shale gas extraction. DNV is calling for input from industry, regulators, NGOs and other interested parties.


Keeping the lights on with Renewables – Strategic Research Unit on smart grids and super grids to be opened in DNV KEMA headquarters

Abu Dhabi, UAE / Høvik, Norway / Arnhem, the Netherlands, 17 January 2013 – DNV will open a new Strategic Research Unit at DNV KEMA’s global headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands, which will focus exclusively on the further development of smart grids and super grids. Smart grids and super grids are key elements and a prerequisite to integrate large-scale renewable energy in the future energy system.


The needs for windfarm construction vessels is growing rapidly

Dubai: 2013 marks the start of a period of rapid growth in the windfarm construction vessel market and it coincides with new operational demands that require careful consideration, particularly in the design of jack-up systems. DNV highlights the need for owners and yards to consider both class and flag state requirements when evaluating limited operation designs.