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Mr. Tor E. Svensen

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Employment History


  • degree , Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding
    University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Ph.D.
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Tor E. Svensen CEO of ..., 26 Oct 2015 [cached]
Tor E. Svensen CEO of DNV GL Maritime pointed this out at the presentations made by the classification company. He said the costs are coming down for high-speed ship to shore data communication and has given the opportunity to combine different types of data, and to start optimizing the ship and voyage in a quite sophisticated way.
Speakers » China meets Europe, 20 Nov 2014 [cached]
After graduating from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1978 with a degree in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding, Tor Svensen subsequently received a Ph.D. from that very university in 1983. In 1989, he joined The Norwegian Maritime Research Institute as Head of the Ship Division with responsibility for the ship model testing and design development work. He joined DNV in 1993 and occupied the position of Head of Section for Environmental Loads, Regional Manager in South East Asia, Technical Director and eventually became Chief Operating Officer of DNV Maritime. After having presented DNV as its President and Deputy CEO for Maritime and Oil & Gas, Tor E. Svensen was announced CEO of DNV GL Maritime when DNV and GL SE merged in 2013.
The Futurenauts: Tor E ..., 1 Jan 2015 [cached]
The Futurenauts: Tor E Svensen
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Tor E Svensen
There will be very few amongst you who don't recognise Tor E. Svensen. As CEO of DNV GL Maritime, the biggest class society in the world, he occupies a key position in influencing how shipping embraces its technology-enabled future.
A maritime man through and through, Tor has a degree in naval architecture and shipbuilding, plus a Ph.D for good measure and has spent his professional life dedicated to the industry. A former Chairman of the IACS, he joined what was then DNV in 1993 and led the merger of DNV and GL in 2013.
Under his leadership DNV GL has outlined a vision of shipping's future which leverages a range of new technologies to meet ambitious safety and sustainability goals. Both the Shipping 2020 report and the ambitious Future of Shipping report have demonstrated that it isn't only data-centric start-ups that see the potential technology can offer shipping. It may have celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, but DNV GL's innovation credentials are in no doubt.
DNV GL is one of the class societies really setting the agenda in terms of the technology-enabled future, and when I met Tor last year it was clear to me that energy comes from the top. I wanted to understand more about where he saw the future taking maritime, and why, so I'm delighted he agreed to become the first Futurenaut of 2015. Here's what he told us.
Futurenautics: DNV GL recently unveiled the Re-Volt concept, an unmanned, short-sea vessel powered by a 3,000 kWh battery. It's designed to act as an inspiration to the industry. With the technology to make it a reality already available is inspiration the real problem in shipping?
Tor Svensen: DNV GL has been involved in many advanced joint development projects (JDP) within the maritime industry - so even though the industry faces many challenges, I don't think a lack of inspiration is one of them.
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Tor Svensen: We have seen over time a development towards almost zero tolerance towards serious accidents and large scale environmental damage.
Tor Svensen: Different industries have valuable lessons to learn from each other and they can benefit from technological advances in other fields. Who would have thought for example, that old oil tankers could be used as mobile water filtration plants?
Tor Svensen: New regulations, market pressures and an increased public demand for more transparency are affecting the dynamics of our industry.
Tor Svensen: The risk of failure is built into every human endeavour, because we can never account for every eventuality.
Tor Svensen: I will not get into finger pointing as I believe that significant steps have been taken in improving safety in shipping over the past two to three decades.
Tor Svensen: The maritime industry could be making much more extensive use of data from a wide range of sources.
Tor Svensen: Most certainly, the decision to invest in Marine Cybernetics was driven by the increasing importance of software dependent systems in ensuring safe, reliable and efficient operations.
Tor Svensen: This was one of the scenarios, but not one that I believe will come through.
Tor Svensen: Connectivity and Big Data have the potential to transform the way the industry works, helping ship owners and operators significantly improve the performance of their fleet, increase the safety of their vessels, reduce operational costs and become more efficient.
Tor Svensen: As we drive safety improvement forward, what I will miss least is reading about new accidents.
Tor Svensen: Class has evolved with the industry.
Tor Svensen: Those who know me know that I can be a bit of a technology freak, so this is difficult.
DNV GL has today announced two ..., 16 June 2015 [cached]
DNV GL has today announced two new appointments, with Tor Svensen named as group executive vp and Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen replacing Svensen as ceo of Maritime.
Ørbeck-Nilssen served as coo and senior vp of DNV GL's Maritime business area since themerger of Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd in 2013. As Maritime ceo, Ørbeck-Nilssen will continue to operate out of the company's headquarters in Hamburg, Germany.
The promotion of Tor Svensen follows his tenure as ceo and president of DNV GL's maritime division since before the merger in 2003. According to DNV GL, the new group evp will "focus on developing customer relationships and strategic projects for the DNV GL Group."
Svensen spoke highly of Ørbeck-Nilssen following the announcement. "Having worked closely with Knut the past two years in leading our Maritime business area, I am confident that he has the technical insight, management skills and not least the support from his colleagues necessary to lead the Maritime organization. I look forward to continue supporting him and our key customers in my new role."
Ørbeck-Nilssen said: "As a result of the merger between DNV and GL, we are now positioned to provide an enhanced set of benefits for our maritime customers. I look forward to lead our Maritime business and to ensure we remain the world's leading classification society. I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Tor Svensen for his excellent contribution.
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