Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (DNV_Group) – SMM Q&A

What excites you most about working in the maritime industry?

It’s about working at the heart of global trade, in an industry that has transformed the way the world works. But beyond that it’s the people, because the relationships you build in shipping are unique and priceless.

What is the No. 1 topic on the maritime agenda for you (at the moment)?

Decarbonization. Managing the energy transition and enabling shipping to meet its emissions reduction targets, while maintaining safety standards and continued profitability, is going to take a massive effort, and a degree of cooperation beyond anything we have seen before.

Which topic should be discussed in more depth in the maritime industry?

Safety always has to be at the top of our list – especially when dealing with new challenges like cyber-attacks and how to safely deploy new fuels. Also, the wellbeing of our seafarers and making sure they are treated as the vital workers they are.   

What are you most looking forward to at SMM 2022?

SMM is really one of the best events on the maritime calendar, it’s truly global, and with its focus on innovation, you get to see the future of shipping. But the main thing is to reconnect with familiar faces and make new connections, because shipping really is all about the people.

What will DNV bring?

At DNV we’re always excited to be at SMM, because Hamburg is our home for shipping. This year, for the 30th SMM, we are proud to launch our flagship report – The Maritime Forecast to 2050. With a focus on fuel sustainability and the carbon neutral fuels needed to reach decarbonization this year’s report is really going to give the industry a lot to discuss.

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What excites you about your profession and / or the maritime industry?

Without realising, every person around the world benefits from maritime transport. As rightly described by the UN, our sector is the “backbone of world trade and globalization”. With this huge context in mind, what excites me the most is the potential that digital technologies have to revolutionise the industry, making it safer, more efficient and greener.

What is the No. 1 topic on the maritime agenda for you (at the moment)? And what contribution does Wärtsilä Voyage make to this?

Decarbonisation, which is the most important challenge our industry faces right now. We believe that the ongoing digitalisation of the industry will be an important part of solving this challenge. It’s why we’re focused on helping maritime accelerate its digitalisation journey, realise improved operational efficiency, save time and money, and cut fuel use and GHG emissions.

When was your first SMM visit and what was your most memorable SMM experience ever?

This will actually be my first time at SMM. It’s going to be a great week, and I’m excited to discuss the incredible possibilities that digital technologies are currently bringing and will continue to bring to the industry as a whole.

What are you most looking forward to at SMM 2022? What are your hopes and expectations?

The maritime industry has some major challenges ahead; challenges that will require collaboration across the entire industry to overcome. I’m looking forward to connecting with my peers, customers and partners on how we can work together to solve these challenges.

What objective would you like to achieve through your participation at the Maritime Future Summit?

The key takeaway from my ‘Maritime Future Summit’ speech is all about how better connecting the dots across the maritime ecosystem will enable companies to accelerate their own digital transformation, in turn, helping them to unlock the industry’s full potential.

Thinking of smart ship control, fleet and port optimisation, are there any “analogue niches” left which still harbour major optimisation potential through digitalisation?

There is a huge latent potential for optimisation across the entire ecosystem. For those who are still operating with outdated tech, it’s time to update. For those who have embraced digital technologies, there is a lot of room for development, especially when it comes to breaking silos and sharing data. We’re focused on providing holistic solutions that work together to improve efficiency, safety and commerciality.

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