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DNV to open software production centre in Shanghai

DNV to open software production centre in Shanghai

Shanghai: Classification society DNV has announced that it is to open a new software production centre in Shanghai on January 1, 2008, to offer tailor-made software solutions to the shipping, offshore and process industries. The society, which currently has two software production centres -in Oslo, Norway and London, UK, says that Shanghai was the obvious choice for the third centre.

"China is currently number four globally as regards software development," says Elling Rishoff, md of DNV Software. "By combining the maritime know-how of DNV's maritime service centre in Shanghai with the software and IT competence of the new software production centre we will be able to address key challenges facing the Chinese maritime industry in its way towards technology leadership."

This new software production centre's main focus in relation to the shipping and offshore industries will be on ship and offshore design institutes, shipyards, ship owners and offshore operators.

Tor Svensen (pictured), the coo of DNV Maritime and chairman of DNV Software, says, "DNV Nauticus, the production system which ensures knowledge sharing throughout a ship's lifetime, has been a trend setter for software systems within this industry. By establishing the Shanghai production centre, we will strengthen our opportunities to further develop this tool. We will also ensure closer cooperation with the Chinese maritime cluster and together strive to achieve more innovations."

He adds that other solutions and products will be developed and expanded in addition to Nauticus. "As the global attention paid to environmental problems has increased over the past year, I expect that our Environmental Reporting System for triple bottom line reporting on environmental issues - like emissions to air - is one of the products this new production centre will be able to develop in parallel with the industries' expectations."

DNV has also announced that it has been selected to classify a pair of innovative large semi-submersible heavy lift newbuildings for Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI). These 50,000dwt vessels are purpose designed and built for the leading Chinese shipowner COSCO's newbuilding programme.  [28/11/07]