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DNV GL and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping sign cooperation agreement

DNV GL’s Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen recently met with Konstantin Palnikov, Director General of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), at the RS head office in St. Petersburg to sign a bilateral framework agreement for cooperation between both class societies

During the talks, DNV GL and RS expressed satisfaction at the positive experience of cooperation in dual classification of ships. As of today, about 20 ships are in dual RS–DNV GL class. The two companies discussed prospective areas of further cooperation that would enable them to effectively complement each other’s unique competencies. Priority cooperation areas include ensuring compliance of ships with the requirements of the Polar Code, rendering of relevant expert assistance to stakeholders, and developing interpretations of the Code’s provisions building on RS and DNV GL’s experience. The talks also touched upon cooperation aimed at improving technical standards for the safety of gas-fuelled ships.

The new framework document sets out the general procedure for delegating authority in cases where one society performs surveys of ships classed by the other, and lays down general terms and conditions for cooperation in the area of dual classification of newbuildings and ships in service, surveys of materials and equipment for ships.

“We look forward to strengthening our cooperation with RS, which will benefit the Russian maritime industry and our long-term partnerships with Russian clients,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen.

About RS

Established in 1913, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is one of the leading classification societies. It is recognized by the European Union and member of IACS. The RS activity is aimed at enhancing high standards of maritime safety and minimizing the negative impact of human activities on the environment through scientifically based risk assessment and risk management procedures. For more information visit

About DNV GL

Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. Operating in more than 100 countries, the company’s 15,000 professionals are dedicated to helping their customers in the maritime, oil & gas, energy and other industries to make the world safer, smarter and greener. For more information visit


Image - Konstantin Palnikov, Director General of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, with Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen

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