Newly appointed as chief operating officer of DNV Maritime, Tor Svensen's main aim, he explains, is to strengthen the global credibility of Classification, and of DNV in particular.
'Above all', he stresses, 'we must be determined in our drive to eradicate sub-standard ships. We are currently engaged in a number of projects aimed at harmonising Class Rules, including the establishment of common scantlings and harmonising structural requirements for tankers; these and other measures will raise safety standards for all.'
Svensen considers that DNV's greatest advantages lie in its leading position in maritime technology, and in its worldwide 'strength in depth', particularly in Asia and the Americas.
Svensen himself has wide experience in research, engineering and ship design: his previous appointments include that of regional manager in South East Asia, and more recently as technical director.
'I have no immediate plans to change DNV strategy', he says. 'But in the current climate of political pressure to tighten up regulations and their enforcement, we must reinforce the role of Class and regain public and political confidence'.