DNV GL’s Center of Excellence for Drilling & Well Control Equipment recently hosted the inaugural gathering of the North American Offshore Equipment Manufacturers’ Committee (NAOEMC).
The NAOEMC is comprised of a group of industry experts that establish expectations and align the industry for future growth and development in offshore equipment manufacturing, DNV GL said last Wednesday.
DNV GL added that the current market situation is more conducive to establishing the NAOEMC, as all stakeholders recognize the shift to “work smarter, not harder” and see value in partnership and collaboration.
“It is interesting to note that of all the years to start this committee, it happens during an unprecedented downturn in our industry,” concurred Ian Friesen, Technical Director at NOV.
“I believe that the time we spent in discussion, spurred by the technical prowess of the individuals present, who represented companies in fierce competition with each other, allowed us to collaborate and jointly explore the innovations and trends for the future.”
Antony DSouza, DNV GL’s Regional Offshore Manager, noted: “The NAOEMC paves a path forward and duplicates the successes of the well-known DNV GL’s Rig Owners’ Committee.
“The only difference between the two groups is that our focus for the NAOEMC is centered on clients manufacturing offshore equipment,” DSouza continued.
“We are extremely proud of the success of the Rig Owner’s Committee over the years and its influence in guiding the market. Duplicating this success for manufacturers of offshore equipment will drive the market forward and deliver much needed efficiencies and savings through adopting emerging technologies and practices.”
According to DNV GL, improving the overall efficiency throughout the industry will help the depressed market to recover sooner and deliver sustainable results. The inaugural NAOEMC meeting had more than 80 participants.
The objective of the committee is to share knowledge and exchange best practices among manufacturers of offshore equipment and industry experts and foster a forum for support and improvement of DNV GL’s activities towards manufacturers.
“The NAOEMC clearly demonstrates DNV GL’s attention to customer focus and partnership with industry. Together we discuss industry trends, standards, regulations, and the relationship with Class to promote innovation and adopt emerging technologies,” commented Paal Johansen, Executive Vice President and Director of Operations Maritime, Region Americas – DNV GL.
“Ian Friesen, Technical Director at NOV, will serve as Chairman of the NAOEMC and Nick Prokopuk, DNV GL’s Business Development Manager- Certification, will serve as Secretary of the Committee. Under their leadership the NAOEMC will formulate concrete goals for the year ahead and facilitate open communication between various stakeholders of all segments of the offshore manufacturing industry,” announced DSouza.