Handling, storage and security specialist Ritchie has announced that the re-design of its gas handling product range, to meet the standards required by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), is nearing completion.

DNV 2.7-1: 2006, the Standard for Certification of Offshore Units, covers the transportation of gas packs and offshore cargo and ensures that the container used can withstand the rigours of offshore life. The products have been adapted to meet the new requirements when their certification has lapsed or they have been required by different customers.

When the design is finished, Ritchie will perform a variety of tests on its gas pack frames, this process requiring a close involvement and final sign off by a DNV surveyor who checks the paperwork, drawings, material test certificates and the paint condition before putting a DNV stamp on the frame.

This process is thought to be less arduous for Ritchie than for many of its competitors, thanks to the Manufacturing Survey Arrangement (MSA) the company has been awarded by DNV. Ritchie was the first UK business to be endowed with this status for 2.7-1. and as a result the products are only checked when the equipment is complete and not at every stage of the process.

John MacAskill, sales and marketing director of Ritchie, said of the achievement, “An MSA takes several years to achieve. It states that we are authorised to perform testing and inspection of containers during manufacture without the attendance of the surveyor and to prepare a declaration of conformity, which will be the basis of product certificates issued by DNV. An MSA is reviewed every four years and it’s a standard we are extremely proud of - safety is clearly our number one priority.”

“No matter what project we are working on, no matter who the customer is or where they are, we are always focused on making sure they can move their goods without fear of accident. DNV 2.71 is just part of this.”

Established in 1864, Det Norske Veritas is an independent foundation with the objective of safeguarding life, property, and the environment at sea and ashore and is a leading international provider of services for managing risk.