DNV Maritime Oil and Gas is increasing its focus on ship safety when identifying critical issues in shipping. An extended focus on risk-based rules, safety barriers and identifying high-risk areas are ways the company plans enhance safer shipping.
According to DNV, serious accident trends have worsened over the last decade. The frequency of serious accidents has been almost twice as high as it was at the start of this millennium. The number of life lost has not followed that trend, but stayed constant over time when considering all ship types.
Another issue DNV identified is the safety variations between various ship segments. Offshore supply vessels are among the most technically advanced vessels and are often used for some of the most complicated operations. Nevertheless, the safety performance of offshore supply vessels is better than that of any other ship segment.
“The achievements within the offshore segment are good. Through a technology-focused proactive risk management and barrier approach, safety has been improved step by step,” said Svensen. “Learning through experience exchange between ship segments is essential to improve overall safety. Together, DNV and GL will be in a better position to share and develop knowledge to the benefit of the whole shipping industry.”
Another step towards safer shipping is research and innovation. The merged class society will invest 5% of its turnover in R&I.
“We’re convinced that investing in R&I will lead to safer and more cost-efficient shipping,” said Svensen. “Class has to make the continuous drive to improve safety, a number one priority. We have to drive the agenda for improved risk management, and become the frontrunner, leading the industry on technology and innovation by investing significantly in R&I and technological skills.”