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DNV GL's big plans for Greece

DNV GL's big plans for Greece
Already the largest fleet outside the society's home bases in Norway and Germany, class society DNV GL has big plans for the Greek fleet and its home port of Piraeus.

The north European classification giant has set about implementing a vision to develop Piraeus into a third home and and decision-making centre while expanding its classed Greek-owned fleet by 20% over the next five years.

"Following the merger in 2013 of DNV and GL we sat down and carried out a reassessment of the situation. It was quickly decided to expand the region from the Piraeus-based East Mediterranean, Black Sea & Caspian Seas to incorporate the Middle East & India region to form the new South East Europe & Middle East, headquartered in Piraeus," explained Ioannis Chiotopoulos, head the new region, when meeting members of the maritime media, at DNV GL's impressive Piraeus hq, November 30.

Formally coming into being 1 January 2016 the new region will see Chiotopoulos' responsibilities span from Italy to the coasts of Oman and Fujairah and from Romania and Ukraine to Egypt. Piraeus will have a staff of 70 people and cover 30 offices in 19 countries. In 2016 another 22 people are expected to be employed, 12 for posting abroad and 10 in Piraeus, all Greek speaking.

Chiotopoulos, who has 15 years experience in China, previously being area manager in China East, said Piraeus was chosen because of its location, it is the home of the world's largest fleet, it is a young fleet, Greeks are active in newbuildings and resales, and the community has great potential. At present the society's Greek fleet consists of some 715 vessels trading and 120 ships under construction.

Under DNV GL’s strategy for 2016–2020 development of the Piraeus office is a cornerstone. From 1 January a chief surveyor will be based on the Piraeus waterfront which will enable the office to take a full decision-making role, without referring to anywhere else. "This will enable the office to deliver enhanced services to the local shipping community, to respond faster to customers and to strengthen the responsibility and capability of the region," said Chiotopoulos.

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