Brussels: Europe still has a major role to play in driving the maritime industry forward, according to Tor Svensen, ceo of DNV-GL Maritime, at this week’s European Shipping Week in Brussels.
“Today, 70% of the world’s fleet is controlled from Europe. Our strong maritime clusters give us the opportunity to drive innovation. Let us use this opportunity and be thought leaders,” he said.
European equipment manufacturers hold a market share of 41.5% – and are world leaders in subsea and deepwater technology. The same applies to offshore supply vessels, passenger ships, multipurpose vessels and the new giant containerships.
Svensen applauded the European maritime industry but warned that to achieve the goal of a 60 to 80% reduction in CO2 emissions there are still significant challenges that need to be addressed
He emphasised sustainability and environmentally friendly technologies, Big Data and connected ship solutions as well as a new safety mindset across the whole maritime industry in order to improve its safety track record.