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RS and DNV GL Sign Cooperation Agreement
2 February 2016

RS and DNV GL Sign Cooperation Agreement

Mr. Konstantin Palnikov, RS Director General, met with Mr. Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV GL Maritime CEO, at the Head Office of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping on 28 January 2016.

During the talks, the sides expressed satisfaction at the positive experience of cooperation between the classification societies in dual classification of ships. As of today, about 20 ships are in dual RS DNV GL class.

The sides discussed prospective areas of cooperation that would enable the societies to effectively complement each others unique competencies. Priority cooperation areas include ensuring compliance of ships with the requirements of the Polar Code, rendering of relevant expert assistance to stakeholders, developing interpretations of the Codes provisions building on RS and DNV GLs experience. The talks also touched upon cooperation aimed at improving technical standards for the safety of gas-fueled ships.

During the meeting, Konstantin Palnikov and Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen singed a framework bilateral agreement on cooperation between RS and DNV GL. The new document sets out the general procedure for delegating authority in cases where one society performs surveys of ships classed by the other, lays down general terms and conditions for cooperation in the area of dual classification of newbuildings and ships in service, surveys of materials and equipment for ships.

Established in 1913, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is one of the leading classification societies. Recognised by the European Union. Member of IACS. The RS activity is aimed at enhancing high standards of maritime safety and minimising the negative impact of human activities on the environment through scientifically based risk assessment and risk management procedures.

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