DNVGL received the award for its Maritime Academy which provides one of the broadest portfolios of training courses for the maritime industry. Operating in more than 100 countries, DNV GL course portfolio is based around three core themes: Developing People, Operating Ships and Building Ships. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: the US Navy, Videotel and VSTEP.

 Presenting the award Mrs. Athena Kanellatou, Regional Director – Mediterranean at Macgregor said “Maritime education is the backbone of shipping and owes to rapidly meet the requirements of the demanding merchant fleet; guarantee the quality of services provided; enable seafarers to successfully resolve matters and retain their competitive advantage. Ambitious autonomous systems mark the necessity for further knowledge and the shaping of a new culture and skills for the operations on board modern and demanding vessels. DNV GL’s Maritime Academy provides one of the broadest portfolios of training courses for the maritime industry. DNV GL's global network exploits best practices on developing people competences by covering all aspects of the daily operation– from regulatory and technical requirements to design and production; from efficiency, environmental, safety and security issues, to risk management, ship technology and surveys and inspections. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today!”

Accepting the award on behalf of DNVGL, Marina Papaioannou Ph.D, DNV GL’s Maritime Academy Hellas Coordinator and Ms Vassilia Dimitrakou, DNV GL’s Maritime Academy Hellas Coordinator, stated The continuous growth of our Academy throughout these years, is the evidence of the respect, trust and excellent cooperation we enjoy with our training partners, whom we always serve in the best possible way. We would also like to grasp this opportunity to sincerely thank our trainers, both internal and external, for the excellent work, the utmost commitment to our vision to be “The most trusted partner for our clients on training” , the immediate response and flexibility, the quality of services and level of knowledge that all together are the key for our success! The numbers speak on themselves.  In the last 10 years we have conducted 1150 training courses attended by about 13000 participants from over 400 companies. Our new DNV GL Values, as announced a few days ago by our CEO, could not have a better fit from the Academy: We Care, We Dare, We Share!”

DNVGL’s Maritime Academy provides one of the broadest portfolios of training courses for the maritime industry, offering comprehensive training programs on safety, security, ship technology and many other industry topics. With the aim to address cyber security vulnerability, DNV GL’s Maritime Academy also offers a Maritime Cyber Security Awareness E-learning; the course explains in simple steps how and where cyber-attacks may target IT infrastructure and OT systems on board. The course leverages key safety management practices and shows how they can be applied to cyber security within the maritime and offshore industries and complies with TMSA 3 element 13 and 13.2.4 KPI/best practice. DNV GL’s Maritime Academy operates in more than 100 countries globally and has academy managers in 17 key locations.

DNVGL attracted the most votes by the end of the voting period which held online during a two-month period. SMART4SEA Awards are held annually within the scope of awarding industry’s outstanding practices for e-navigation, connectivity, energy efficiency, cyber security, training and smart shipping technology. Other winners of the 2020 SMART4SEA Awards are: MarineFields Holding Ltd for the e-Navigation Award, OTESAT – MARITEL for the Connectivity Award, LAROS for the Energy Efficiency Award, Wärtsilä for the Cyber Security Award, METIS Cyberspace Technology SA. for the Technology Award, Mr. Dimitris Theodossiou, Managing Director, DANAOS Management Consultants S.A.for the Personality Award and Mr. Tor A. Svanes, Managing Director, NAVTOR AS for the Leadership Award.

Find photos from the awards ceremony at Flickr and explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2020 SMART4SEA Awards at https://events.safety4sea.com/2020-smart4sea-awards/