DNV GL: Greece as the third home country

Classification Societies — By on February 4, 2018 at 10:22 AM

Ioannis Chiotopoulos

As always,  the innovative DNV GL, presented  its latest research and development for its third home market, Greece, in a press conference held at its Piraeus offices on Friday the 2nd of February. Iris Liaskoni was there and writes:

Ioannis Chiotopoulos, together with Jason Stefanatos and Giorgos Tergiakidis pointed out the key elements of the shipping scenery of today and tomorrow, with a projection over the next 22 years, and indicated their goals related to the researchers’ predictions as well as the digitalization on which their services have been adapted and continue to evolve. He also introduced its three new respectable members with international experience from the UK, China and France, Leonidas Karystios,  Giannis Sergis and Nikolaos Michas.

In particular, Mr Chiotopoulos, after presenting the efforts of the organization that have been made so far,  highlighted the increased market share as a remarkable result, as well as the improved ratio of entries/exits, and the increased customer satisfaction, all of them drawing a positive picture for the performance of DNV GL. Special attention was given to PILLARS, which has an outstanding performance; a global network of Greek-speaking employees, six engineers in Piraeus and nin abroad, a significant number of Newbuilding projects as well as with an enhanced marketing and business development efforts, executed by professionals who provide excellent customer support in Piraeus and a good track record in monitoring tankers, bulkers, NB and S&P. Important results show the DATE service (Direct Access to Technical Expert): prompt support and problem solving within the next  4 or 24 hours, demonstrating competency in class systematics, SOLAS, MARPOL and machinery and a personal touch in every challenge. However, the organization doesn’t rest on its laurels and aims at COSSMOS’ development through research and the commercialization of related services, as well as JDP projects that include LNGreen II, LPGGreen, future concept LNG carrier and COSSMOS cargo handling for oil tankers. Also, they aim at the promotion of advisory services, like ECO, MRV, cyber-security, BWM and their engineering services. A significant aim is reinforcing their Piraeus office to better support the local market with local competence, focusing on pre-contract services, establishing a Deputy Chief Surveyor and strong cooperation with local organizations like MARTECHA and HELMEPA.

George Teriakidis

Mr Teriakidis’ presentation focused on the energy outlook up to 2050 and the forecasts for demand and supply, a vital matter as shipping needs and also transmits energy. After a period of quite steady increase, which we have been through, we now face a decrease, with the fossil fuel’s decline been significantly more intense than the one of the non-fossil fuel, which will continue to increase for the next ten years and then slightly decrease. The maritime fleet is expected to grow, but its growth will be slower than trade’s growth, due to digitalization and assumed improved utilization. Bulkers, containerships will perform well, the second due to the evolution of 3D printers, that will personalize products and making the customer a co-creator at her location. However, oil products’ tankers and crude oil tankers’ growth is expected to peak in 2020, but after it will face a decline, with a significant change in trade patterns. As for other sources of energy, natural gas will continue to but up to the point that will remain steady, and the energy consumption trends lie on the alternative sources of energy, like wind and solar power. What is expected to decrease is coal consumption. We also have new trade routes, and in general, the fleet’s supply will become more efficient, with fewer vessels for more routes.

Jason Stefanatos

Mr Stenafatos spoke about DNV GL’s strategic response in the digitalization that shipping faces; a high complexity and a transformation that needs the organization to invest in digital to improve its efficiency, to enable customers to reap the full potential that those technologies give and apply R&D results to enhance safety. The organization’s positioning as the most customer-centric classification society has to meet expectations and grasp the opportunity that disrupts the status quo. The areas of development and modernization will be Machine Learning, Digital Twin ships, Electronic Certificates, Improved End-To-End Newbuilding Process, Drone Surveys & Remote Inspections, Smart Survey Booking and Cyber-security. An innovative platform is Veracity – the tool to analyze share and combine Big Data in a trusted eco-system, between the manufacturer, the service provider, the operator, the asset owner, the authority and the manager.

Iris Liaskonis

Sharp insights, clear direction, inspiring vision and the reliability and trustworthiness that a brand name like DNV GL has built through its significant history. Thank you for this excellent speech, and we hope to continue to raise standards for the maritime industry.

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