DNV GL’s Tor Svensen retires

One of the most famous names in ship classification, Tor Svensen, is to retire from his position as DNV GL’s group executive vice-president from August 1, after more than 20 years at the company and its predecessor Det Norkse Veritas.

Svensen (pictured) will take up a role as professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, focusing on education and research related to safety at sea.

“Although having turned 60 last year, I feel too young to really retire and wanted to do something else while I still can,” Svensen said.

“Safety at sea remains one of my main interests, and at Strathclyde I will lead research on the interface between politics and regulations and how that impacts safety. I will also be working on supporting the new Safety Research Centre DNV GL is establishing at Strathclyde jointly with RCCL and the university and there will surely be other engagements in the maritime industry as well.”

Svensen joined Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in 1993 and held various management positions, including technical director and later global head of the class society’s maritime business, with responsibility for classification and all other DNV maritime activities worldwide.

From 2006 to 2012, Svensen was president and deputy CEO of the DNV group, and was chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) from 2007 to 2008.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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