Switzerland-based technology company ABB has secured a certification from Norwegian classification society DNV GL for its Marine Academy.

The new DNV GL SeaSkill certification recognises the Marine Academy’s to comply with the necessary maritime training criteria.

The certification will be valid for the next five years, and follows an extensive auditing process by the classification society.

ABB’s Marine Academy seeks to reduce vessel downtime and improve safety through skill development, operating branches in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Ulsteinvik, Norway; Helsinki, Finland; Genoa, Italy; Singapore and Houston, US.

The company notes that the maritime sector is currently witnessing a strong demand for skilled and updated crew members due to the growing presence of various electrical systems on vessels.

"Our commitment to improving safety onboard does not stop with our equipment or service agreements; proper training of the crew is also vital."

ABB Marine Academy sales and marketing manager Klaus Moldskred said: “The Marine Academy is a vital link between ABB and the maritime industry.

“Our commitment to improving safety onboard does not stop with our equipment or service agreements; proper training of the crew is also vital.

“We are delighted our Marine Academy has been recognized by DNV GL as a provider of high quality maritime education. ABB is not just a provider of electrical systems; we also prioritize the training of the crew who use our equipment.”

Participants of ABB Marine Academy courses are provided with opportunity to visit the company’s factories or workshops to meet the engineers who designed the equipment and systems.