OSLO: Remi Eriksen will take up the position as Chief Executive Officer of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas on 1 March. Following its acquisition of the majority shareholding in KEMA, DNV is now establishing a group structure with three companies to manage the strong multiple industry positions it now holds.
DNV is today a world leading ship classification society and a well-established provider of risk management services to the oil and gas industry. These activities will be organised in one company, called DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas, which will have some 5,500 employees and an extensive global reach. The company will be headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and provide services to DNV’s traditional core markets.
“Establishing a company dedicated to the maritime and oil & gas industries enables us to focus our efforts,” says CEO Remi Eriksen, who was previously Chief Operating Officer of DNV’s Asia Pacific and Middle East operations, based in Singapore. Tor E. Svensen continues as President and Deputy CEO of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas.
Remi Eriksen continues, “Increased expectations regarding both safety and environmental performance represent big challenges for the shipping industry. We are well positioned to play our part as a safety net in shipping and as an innovative partner in bringing shipping forward in a more sustainable way.
The shipping industry is facing major changes on several fronts, including escalating fuel prices, more regulations, overcapacity and fierce competition. In response, we now see a drive from shipowners and yards to develop innovative, safe, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly concepts, and these provide significant opportunities for DNV to contribute its technological expertise.”
He adds, “In the oil and gas industry, our ambition is to further develop DNV as a world-leading risk management services provider in challenging operational environments. In this context, I see big opportunities in Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, India, South-East Asia, China, Australia and the North Sea. Globally interlinked gas trading, using trunk pipelines or LNG carriers, will grow significantly and is also an area in which DNV is strong.
The oil and gas market is buoyant and we’re well positioned to contribute to the high level of development in this sector and help solve the challenges associated with increasingly complex projects,” Remi Eriksen concludes.
Date: 29 February 2012