The company Axess started out in Molde, Norway in 1998, and currently employs 270 people on three different continents. Axess has established branch offices in Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, and Houston, as well as in several cities in Norway. ABS Consulting on the other hand is an affiliate of ABS, one of the world’s leading Marine and Offshore classification societies, established in 1862.
The main focus of the event was to look at the necessary critical thinking needed to assist asset managers in determining the best path forward for their assets. According to Axess, by taking a holistic view of an asset, such as looking at the hull structure, machinery, and operational management, it is easier to clarify how to better identify the potential for extending the expected life of a unit. Moreover, the seminar also covered regulations and experiences in the North Sea, and how these might be transferable to the North American market. By utilizing the expertise of Norwegian companies and the evolved legislations in the North Sea, Axess and ABS Consulting are aiming to gain the upper hand in the competitive markets in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil. The seminar was wrapped up with a round of Q & A, and some closing remarks by the head of Axess North America, Christian Nerland.