NAPA Adds Board Member

NAPA has appointed Tor E. Svensen, vice president of marine technology at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, to its board. Svensen has previously served as CEO of DNV GL Maritime, chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and professor at the University of Strathclyde. 

As CEO of DNV GL Maritime, the biggest class society in the world, Svensen helped to outline a consistent vision of shipping’s technology-enabled future, which achieved sustained, empirical improvements in safety, sustainability and efficiency. He will leverage this expertise to support NAPA’s mission of developing and scaling technology for a safer and smarter shipping industry, with a particular focus on cruise.

In recent years cruise ships have become substantially larger, technologically advanced and complex. In doing so, they have added equipment and facilities that would have been beyond the historical remit of classification societies. Svensen has been at the forefront of facilitating these developments and also helping shipowners to increase fuel efficiency, optimize design and improve safety.

Svensen has worked in the maritime industry for more than four decades. He graduated from the University of Newcastle with a degree in naval architecture and shipbuilding and received a Ph.D. from the same university. Prior to joining DNV GL, Svensen was head of the Ship Division at the Norwegian Maritime Research Institute (MARINTEK).

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