Increased demand for fabricated DNV skids is being driven by quality and safety concerns for equipment being installed on any DNV classed vessel, including any offshore platform, marine vessel, FPSO, drill ship, or other marine installation. These concerns are at an all-time high as a result of the Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Operating these complex systems and facilities requires complex fabrication. Our principal’s DNV certification procedures assure owners, authorities, and other stakeholders that the DNV classed facility has certified equipment aboard and complies with DNV classification rules and requirements – independent of location.
Classing Societies and the IMO
IMO is the International Maritime Organization and it is the United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of pollution by ships. The IMO is the standard-setting authority for the safety, security, and environmental aspects of international shipping. It creates a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is universally adopted.
The IMO has adopted standards for other “recognized organizations” like the DNV which are called classification societies.
At Ocean Fab, safety, quality, the environment, and compliance with DNV standards are our number one concern. In order to gain DNV emblems for any skidded equipment, a number of approval and certification procedures must be followed. Our principals have many years’ experience with complex fabrications, including subsea and offshore / topside fabrication.
DNV has traditionally been more popular in European waters, but since it has become the number one classing society in the world, more and more super major oil companies and operators are requiring that any equipment going on a DNV Classed Offshore Installation going anywhere in the world become certified by DNV. Whether it’s a temporary or a permanent installation – fixed or floating offshore installations, ships, drill rigs, production rigs, or offshore vessels, including floating platforms. This equipment can include rental equipment, skidded equipment, shipping containers, seacans, frames, structural steel, twistlocks, sea fastening clips, deck fastening, waste skips, tanks – the list goes on and on.