MARCH 21, 2014 — Classification society DNV GL has moved into a new office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam following an opening ceremony by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Henrik O. Madsen, Group President & CEO, DNV GL. The official ceremony was part of the program of the Norwegian trade delegation visiting Vietnam this week. Besides the Crown Prince, the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Fisheries, Ms. Monica Mæland also attended the inauguration ceremony.
DNV GL has had a presence in Vietnam since 1995. Starting out as a Representative Office, the new office will consolidate the operations of DNV GL's three business areas - Maritime, Oil & Gas and Business Assurance – under one roof. The open concept office will foster closer collaboration and working efficiencies between the employees of both DNV and GL which merged in September last year.
Vietnam is a strong emerging market for DNV GL's services in the maritime and oil & gas industries. In the shipbuilding industry, DNV GL is already represented at major shipyards from the north to south of Vietnam and we firmly believe that the oil & gas industry will develop further in the years to come.
"The growth of Vietnam's oil & gas industry over recent years has been astonishing. We believe this growth will continue and will drive the need for more local expertise and knowledge," said Dr.Madsen. "We currently have 60 employees in Vung Tau and Ho Chi Minh who are mostly Vietnamese nationals, and we plan to employ and develop more local expertise in Vietnam."