Oslo: The industry’s focus on eco-ships is here to stay, and class societies need to spend more to provide owners with the solutions they need in today’s altered shipping environment, says the ceo of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas. Speaking to Maritime CEO Remi Eriksen, a 20-year veteran at DNV, warns that the coming two-year outlook is "broadly bleak", although there is hope for a few segments such as gas, offshore, product carriers and mobile offshore units.
“Stricter environmental requirements are coming and fuel costs keep on increasing,” he says, adding: “Innovation is not only something the industry wants, it is necessary for survival.”
At the end of 2012, DNV announced its merger with Germany’s GL. The merger with GL will, when completed, will mean there’ll be some “5,600 maritime experts offering a broader range of service, better geographical reach, and more technical expertise”, according to Eriksen.
“It is my firm belief that in order to meet industry challenges ahead of us, classification societies will need to invest significant resources in technology development, research and innovation to stay relevant to our stakeholders, and to provide an efficient safety network to the industry,” Eriksen concludes.