Spindrift – A Plastic Debris Research Concept Vessel

"Like CO2, plastic pollution in the ocean is everyone's problem," says Bjørn Haugland, DNV-GL's Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer. "And like CO2, all the solutions are not clearly visible at present. Innovation is needed." Cleaning millions upon million of tons of plastic from the world's oceans is an enormous and highly complicated undertaking. Even with much of … [Read more...]

DNV and GL Merger a Done Deal

The merger between class titans Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd has received final approval from competition authorities and the new company will be operational beginning September 12, 2013. The new company, formally known as DNV GL Group, dethrones ClassNK as the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society to the maritime industry with an … [Read more...]

DNV-GL Merger: Deal Closure Could Happen This Month

Oslo-based classification society DNV reports they are very close to completing their merger with Hamburg-based Germanischer Lloyd (GL), a deal announced in December of last year. "We have achieved clearance from the competition authorities in three of the four required jurisdictions: South Korea, the US and the EU. We hope to receive clearance from Chinese competition … [Read more...]

DNV Urges Increased Safety Focus in Shipping

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 … [Read more...]

Shipowners and Crew Alike Find the Regulatory “Tsunami” a Big Problem

"Have we placed the mariner in a no-win situation?" asked Captain Anuj Chopra at yesterday's Mare Forum conference in Washington, DC.  Chopra, the President of Anglo-Eastern LLC describes a frustrating situation unfolding offshore as mariners are drowning in a sea of paperwork. Some call it a Regulatory Tsunami. He notes that in a recent poll that 100% of the mariners … [Read more...]