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DNV acquires Synergi Solutions and enlarges its software portfolio

Being able to provide the most complete set of QHSE based software DNV has acquired Synergi Solutions and enlarges its present software portfolio extensively together with 30 new employees. We are now able to provide the most complete set of risk based software for operational integrity management and asset integrity to the energy, maritime and healthcare industries, says Are Føllesdal Tjønn, managing director at DNVs software house.Being a leading provider of asset integrity software for the energy and maritime industries, DNV is now extending its portfolio to include risk based software for operational risk management. Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) is growing increasingly complex in many industries, and recognised systems for managing these risks are vital. DNV now looks forward to serving its global customers with the most complete interface for asset and QHSE integrity management systems.Based in Stavanger, Norway, Synergi Solutions software is available in 20 languages and used in 150 countries by 500 000 users. Existing Synergi customers, as well as new customers, will benefit from DNVs global presence and close relationship with companies in the energy, maritime and health industries.Through the acquisition, 30 new employees will be joining DNVs software house. Both support and sales activities ...

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Opening of Arctic will not lead to significant increase in oil and gas production

Extraction of oil and gas will become more expensive. While a decrease in ice will allow increased shipping activity in the Arctic, it won't lead to a significant increase in oil and gas production over the next two decades, according to a recently released study.The study, published by the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Det Norske Veritas and Statistics Norway, suggests that depending on the price per barrel of oil, there will be only a small, if any, increase in the production of Arctic oil and gas towards 2030 and 2050.Extraction of oil and gas will become more expensive. New reserves are located offshore, far from markets and where conditions are tough, particularly during winter time. In spring and fall floating ice can create problems for the industry," says Glen Peters at CICERO, lead author of the study.Currently, 400 megatons of oil is produced annually in the Arctic, mainly in Russia. With a middle estimate for the oil price of $80/boe the scientists calculate only an insignificant increase in the production. The emissions from the activity are expected to decrease due to tighter regulations.A higher or lower oil price will influence the production. A price of $120/boe might ...

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DNV Petroleum Services has tested four fuel oil samples

High density,high abrasive and high CCAI fuels in the gulf of Guinea DNV Petroleum Services has tested four fuel oil samples delivered off the coast of Benin, Ghana and Ivory Coast, representing HFO delivered between 22 May and 30 May 2011 with density above the ISO 8217:2005/2010 maximum limits.The tested densities were in the range of 1010.0 to 1015.4 kg/m while the density stated on the corresponding Bunker Delivery Notes was 991.0 kg/m. The bunkers came from one supplier and involved two bunker tankers.The measured viscosity varied between approximately 270 cSt and 280 cSt at 50ºC with a corresponding CCAI (Calculated Carbon Aromaticity Index) value of 874 to 880, exceeding the ISO 8217:2010 maximum limit for RMG and RMK category fuels. Fuel Ignition and Combustion Analysis, using the FIA 100/FCA instrument on two of these samples, confirmed that these fuels exhibit poor ignition and combustion quality. The ECN (Estimated Cetane Number) of both fuels was around 13.It is expected that medium and high speed diesel engines and in general engines of older design may not operate satisfactorily on a fuel oil in this condition,in particular at low load.The Al+Si levels of these samples ranged from 90 mg/kg to 103 mg/kg ...

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DNV recognised as leader in sustainability assurance

Basis for further branding and increased customer awareness DNV's sustainability assurance services were put to the test in global research carried out by the independent analyst firm Verdantix. The analysis found DNV to be one of the six providers that lead the global sustainability assurance market.Alongside the big four accountancy firms and one certification body, DNV was rated as a global leader in the sustainability assurance market. The overall breadth and depth of DNV's assurance services and proven expertise were considered to be among the highest in the sustainability assurance market."Being ranked as a leading international provider of sustainability assurance services is a strong recognition of the DNV focus on business development in this area for several years. Our proven capabilities in the sustainability assurance area will constitute the best basis for further branding and increased customer awareness in the market place," says Thomas Vogth-Eriksen, CEO in DNV Business Assurance Group.The survey is based on a detailed, fact-based comparison of the assurance services provided by 13 global suppliers. It involved interviews of an international customer panel composed of 15 decision-makers who have purchased sustainability assurance services. These buyers represent firms with combined revenues of $362 billion, headquartered in Australia, Canada, ...

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DNV secures energy efficiency contracts in Russia

Green light for two energy efficiency contracts The contracts will see DNV providing services for two of TNK-BP's oil production subsidiaries, OJSC Yugraneft Corporation and OJSC TNK-Nizhnevartovsk.The work, which has already commenced, includes provision of advisory services for the development and implementation of an Energy Management System under the ISO 50001 standard.Improving energy efficiency - a pressing task DNV's climate change services regional manager for Europe, Luc Larmuseau, explained that increasing government attention on energy efficiency in recent years - coupled with a fast development of legislation - is contributing to the rapid expansion of the market for energy efficiency services. Russian markets are of particular importance."Improving energy efficiency is a pressing task - not only for Russian oil and gas companies, but for the Russian economy as a whole, as has been acknowledged by Mr Medvedev, President of Russia," said Larmuseau.He added that optimising current technological processes and increasing the energy efficiency of production will enable Russian companies to significantly increase their competitiveness in the European market. "This is an area in which DNV can contribute with all its competence, expertise and vast international experience," said Larmuseau.Diversifying services The new deals are DNV's first non-core service contracts in Russia, ...

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The most efficient container vessels of the world are contracted in China

The new generation of 10,000 TEU container vessels The new generation of 10,000 TEU container vessels contracted in China by Seaspan represents major improvements in energy efficiency, cargo capacity, operational efficiency and emission reductions. The new features have been developed in a collaboration between Seaspan, the Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group, MARIC and DNV. The order for seven 10,000 TEU container vessels plus 18 options which was signed in Shanghai on 8 June is the biggest ever container contract entered into in China. The vessels will be built to DNV class. The Seaspan container ship hull lines have been optimised for a speed range of 18-22 knots. In this range, the fuel consumption has been reduced by 16-27% compared to contemporary similar-size ship series presently operated by the industry. Compared to current 10,000 TEU container vessels in operation or presently being built, the improvements due to new design features are substantial. The cargo capacity is increased by 10% while the fuel consumption is reduced by 20%. The new hull design enables the vessels to carry minimum amounts of ballast water while in operation. The vessels are designed to reduce the emissions to air by approximately 20% in order to meet the future ...

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Quality assurance pays dividends

Quality assurance in projects can help companies avoid costly problems Are you in full control of your projects? Many large projects have in recent years gone over budget and received negative media coverage in Norway.A few examples are the new Holmenkollen arena and Oslo's transport ticket system Flexus. A heavy strain has been put on many project leaders - could this have been avoided?This was the backdrop to DNV's recent breakfast seminar in Oslo , which attracted a high attendance of representatives from the public and private sector."We think the problems are often caused by insufficient anchoring of needs, unclear goals, inadequate project management and lack of risk management," says Peer Chr. Anderssen, head of DNV's Risk Management and Corporate Responsibility Unit. "This can be put right through a thorough process of quality assurance."Sharing knowledge and best practice "Along with some of our customers, we aim to share our experiences and contribute to making their projects more successful," adds DNV's senior principal consultant Rune Moen. "For DNV, this means that the more our activities can be seen as part of the customer's value-adding chain, the greater the impact of our work for safeguarding societal interests. This way we can help ...

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DNV to verify Green Ships for Green Ship Program of Korea Finance Corporation

Cooperation on verification of the green ships Earlier this month, Korea Finance Corporation has announced the green ship finance plan that incentives including a form of lower interest rates on loans will be provided to the ship owners who obtain the vessels designed to reduce emissions. In order to qualify for this financial incentives, the vessels must be built using technologies to reduce air pollutants (e.g. Nox, Sox., etc), CO2, or GHG."KoFC's Green Ship Program will be an encouraging strategy to bring Korean maritime industry closer to taking substantive actions toward reducing environment emissions and help expedite the development of environmentally friendly ships.It is also a golden opportunity for DNV to help Korean maritime industry players taking a step further into this green movement and support them on various green-technology issues," said Paal Johansen, Regional Manager for DNV in Korea & Japan.Korea Finance Corporation is the first financial organization in South Korea to run a ship finance program to boost the environmental friendly movement.KOFC (Korea Finance Corporation) Wholly owned by the Korean government, KoFC maintains and intensifies the role as an advanced policy-based finance institution. Korea Finance Corporation was established as a financial institutions for money brokerage and assist small ...

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DNV expands its activities in China

20% of all Chinese ship construction and 50% of offshore units built in China are classified by DNV Explaining what his company, Det Norske Veritas (DNV), does is a routine part of Tore Hoifodt's work. That doesn't mean to say it's easy. The Norway-based multinational's business covers a wide range of sectors and is continuously adding more.As senior vice-president and communications director of DNV's Asia-Pacific and Middle East division, Hoifodt has his hands full. He says risk management summarizes DNV's role and categorizes the company's businesses into traditional and emerging segments.More specifically, the company establishes and applies technical standards for industries, offers technology, management, environmental and competency-related services for customers, and provides certifications and classifications to them - all designed to reduce business risk.Although traditional sectors such as shipping, maritime and oil and gas are the pillars of the business, emerging sectors in emerging markets are expected to be the new engine for the international company, which has been around for 147 years. Emerging industries The company, established in 1864 as a classifier of ships, has more recently tapped into carbon capture and storage, emission trading, clean energy and corporate social responsibility. DNV says it will maintain an interest in ...

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DNV and partners to design a very large ore carrier

VLOC will introduce innovative solutions for operational and environmental efficiency DNV has initiated a concept study together with industry partners - FKAB, MAN Diesel & Turbo, TGE Marine and Cargotec - to design a very large ore carrier (VLOC).The objective is to introduce innovative solutions that increase efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of bulk ship operations while at the same being both technically and economically feasible.A MacGregor self-loading system from Cargotec makes wide-beam VLOCs feasible, with accompanying efficiency and environmental benefits. An innovative MacGregor self-loading system from Cargotec is an integral element of Ecore, DNV's 250,000 dwt sustainable ore carrier concept introduced in May at the Nor-Shipping exhibition in Norway.DNV says that Ecore has been designed to be more efficient and environmentally friendly in comparison with existing very large ore carriers (VLOCs), and that the focus has been on available technology so that the concept ship could be built today."The MacGregor material handling system is designed to overcome the problems that can be caused at bulk cargo loading terminals by the length and width of a vessel," says Cargotec Sales Director, Johan Ericson. "It makes it possible for the shore-based loader to operate at a single point along the ...

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