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GL moves Swedish office to Gothenburg
Due to its increasing number of maritime clients in Western and Southern Sweden, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) is restructuring its organisation in Sweden. 02 Mar 2010
Research project BESST receives EU funding
GL teams up with leading European shipyards to produce breakthrough design solutions. 10 Mar 2010
GL in joint venture with German aerospace centre
A cooperation framework agreement has been signed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL). 25 Mar 2010
GL guidelines on gas fuel in force
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has issued guidelines for gas as ship fuel on the application of the IMO regulations. These guidelines are in force since 1 May and apply to all ships excluding liquefied gas tankers. 08 Jun 2010
GL and NMRI explore environmental risk evaluation criteria
The National Maritime Research Institute of Japan (NMRI), an independent technical institution helping Japan’s government for its policy making and establishing maritime laws, regulations and standards, and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) recently signed a project cooperation agreement. 30 Jun 2010
Greece accepts GL's extended drydocking programme
The Greek ministry has accepted Germanischer Lloyd’s (GL) extended dry docking (EDD) programme. GL offers owners and operators the chance to extend the dry-docking period from five to seven-and-a-half-years. 04 Aug 2010
GL issues the first EEDI certificate
The first-ever Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) certification for a large container vessel owned and operated by Hapag-Lloyd has been conducted by Germanischer Lloyd (GL). 30 Sep 2010
First LNG powered vessel with GL class
The 25,000 dwt product tanker ‘Bit Viking’ will be converted to run on LNG and will be the first ship with Germanischer Lloyd (GL) class using gas as fuel. 10 Sep 2010
Safer shipping of dangerous goods with ‘GL Cargo’
With the new amendment to SOLAS II-2/19 “Carriage of Dangerous Goods”, coming into force on 1 January 2011, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has launched a database service ‘GL Cargo’, allowing its users easy access to all equipment requirements. 03 Oct 2010
Klein stands down from current GL role; ex-Damen boss takes over
Dr Hermann J. Klein, member of the Executive Board of Germanischer Lloyd and responsible for Maritime Services, will at his own request be resigning from this position with effect from 15 December 2010, thus leaving the Executive Board. 25 Oct 2010
GL launches new rules for OSVs
Learning from operations and casualties is of great importance for state of the art rules and regulations, according to Rasmus Stute, GL’s head of department service vessels in a presentation at the Seatrade Middle East Maritime conference in Dubai. 03 Nov 2010
New technology centre caters for growing offshore industry
According to Germanischer Lloyd, offshore service vessels (OSVs) are becoming larger, more specialised and technically sophisticated as a result of the rising demand for more complex deepwater field developments, including the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), a trend recognised by GL's new US training centre. 09 Dec 2010
GL approval for bearing wear monitor
Germanischer Lloyd has announced that the fist bearing wear monitoring system type approval according to its ‘Guidelines for Machinery Condition Monitoring’ has been granted to Amot Controls. 31 Jan 2011
Container ship optimisation yields significant fuel savings
Classification society Germanischer Lloyd says that in a joint venture undertaken with Chinese design office Maric, significant improvements were made to the lines of a 9,000 TEU container ship series. 12 Jan 2011
Hull condition assessment software reduces maintenance
Flagship, the Pan-European maritime transport project part funded by the EU, has developed software that can forecast the condition of a ship’s hull to help improve the efficacy of surveys and reduce the amount of time a ship is out of service. 17 Jan 2011
Panama accepts GL EDD programme
Germanischer Lloyd says that it has been authorised by the Panama Maritime Authority to offer its extended dry docking (EDD) programme for vessels flying the Panama flag. 08 Mar 2011
Bunkering operator opts for fleet management software
Greek oil and shipping company Aegean Bunkering Services has decided to implement Germanischer Lloyd's fleet management software suite GL ShipManager and GL FleetAnalyzer. 13 Apr 2011
GL bolsters green ship recycling in Asia
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) says it has recently intensified its efforts to help yards, owners, suppliers and recycling facilities in Asia to comply with the forthcoming Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling. 03 May 2011
Class society details BWM procedures
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has released a booklet on standard operational guidance for the planning and management of ships' ballast water and sediments. 04 May 2011
GL launches Korean language website
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) says that it has dealt with the Korean shipbuilding community for almost 35 years, and hopes to reinforce its links by providing clients in Korea with the latest updates in their own language. 12 May 2011
GL introduces extended dry docking
A new ‘extended dry docking’ (EDD) option for container vessel, general cargo ships and multi-purpose dry cargo vessels has been introduced by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) to acknowledge longer lasting coatings. 03 Jun 2011
GL and SKF develop machinery condition monitoring software
Germanischer Lloyd’s GL Maritime Software subsidiary has developed a dedicated condition-based maintenance software for machinery - GL MachineryManager – to help the industry cut downtime and costs. 26 May 2011
GL ships top USCG safety rankings
Germanischer Lloyd says that it is once again the top performing class society in the United States Coast Guard annual port state control (PSC) report and annual class performance list for 2010. 03 Jun 2011
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GL’s new structure focuses on clients
The GL Group has announced a number of changes in the management structure of its Maritime Services organisation, effective from today (1 July 2011). 01 Jul 2011
Environmental passport updated by GL
Germanischer Lloyd has revised its environmental passport (EP), which it says has become recognised as a useful mechanism for operators to signal the advanced environmental features of their vessels. 29 Jul 2011
New Aframax design concept from GL
A new conceptual design of Aframax tanker launched recently by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) shows the extent of efficiency improvements that are possible, writes Paul Bartlett. 29 Sep 2011
Class rises to new challenges of shipboard noise
Rising standards and expectations relating to crew habitability, occupational safety and passenger comfort have prompted closer attention to shipboard noise levels, as have considerations of the component damage that can result from excessive vibration, writes David Tinsley. 30 Sep 2011
GL signs global co-operation agreement with ship manager
Norddeutsche Reederei H Schuldt (NRS) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) have signed a cooperation agreement covering all areas of classification as well as flag state supervision of the ships of NRS sailing under GL class. 11 Aug 2011
GL launches MLC 2006 e-learning tool
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has developed what it claims to be the first e-learning tool designed to familiarise shipowners, managers, crewing agencies and seafarers with the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006). 11 Aug 2011
Inland waterway vessels the focus for new GL appointees
Germanischer Lloyd has appointed a new business development manager (BDM), Tom Dorsman, and a dedicated technical coordinator, Ruben Roeleveld, specialising in Inland Marine. 19 Aug 2011
Antigua and Barbuda authorises GL for MLC certification
The maritime administration of Antigua and Barbuda has authorised Germanischer Lloyd (GL) to carry out inspection and certification services under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006). 30 Aug 2011
GL examines MEPC 62 outcome
Germanischer Lloyd has held its traditional recap of the latest session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of IMO, focusing on the “groundbreaking developments” at the 62nd session. 31 Aug 2011
GL class now accounts for 100 million gt
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) reports that its current fleet under classification now exceeds 100 million gt, comprising more than 7,200 ships from over 1,900 shipping companies under regular technical supervision. 05 Sep 2011
5,000 ISM/ISPS certificates from GL
Germanischer Lloyd says that it has handed over the safety management certificate and international ship security certificate to the ‘Kota Berkat’, owned by Pacific International Lines. 27 Sep 2011
GL to certify Cat marine dealer network
Germanischer Lloyd says that it has been contracted by Caterpillar Marine Power Systems, maker of engines under the Cat and MaK brands, to certify the marine service assessments of its worldwide marine dealer network. 11 Oct 2011
GL announces new Naval Ship Classification Association chairman
The Naval Ship Classification Association (NSCA) has elected Lorenz Petersen, Germanischer Lloyd's Business Segment Manager for Navy Vessels, as Chairman of the Association, at NCSA’a annual general meeting in Rome. 03 Nov 2011
GL examines scrubber technology
Germanischer Lloyd recently held a forum at its Hamburg head office to discuss exhaust gas scrubbers, which GL agrees provide one solution to tightening regulations governing sulphur emissions from ship engines. 02 Dec 2011
Five GL stars for German operator
Germanischer Lloyd has awarded shipping company Ernst Russ the ‘GL Excellence - 5 Stars’ certificate in recognition of the operator’s quest for the highest quality, safety and environmental standards in shipping. 14 Dec 2011
GL and IHI focus on LNG fuel for boxships
Germanischer Lloyd and IHI Marine United have signed an agreement for a joint development project to investigate and develop solutions for large LNG fuelled container vessels. 13 Dec 2011
GL launches pocket guide for MLC 2006
To support the maritime industry in its endeavour to prepare for the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has developed what it describes as an easy to use pocket guide to MLC 2006. 16 Dec 2011
GL names new global sales vice-president
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has appointed Christian Freiherr von Oldershausen to the newly created position of senior vice president global sales. 29 Dec 2011
Ice research aims to cut uncertainty in design and operation
Wendy Laursen explains that ice design is a case of brute force, but not ignorance, as classification societies turn research into safety for ships operating in the Arctic. 01 Apr 2012
Outlook positive for LNG even when the charterer pays
Wendy Laursen says that LNG’s CO2 performance may be debatable, but it will improve EEDI values and take shipowners beyond compliance. 01 Apr 2012
FutureShip appoints head of Singapore office
FutureShip, the maritime consultancy subsidiary of classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL), has appointed Khorshed Alam to head its newly established office in Singapore. 08 Feb 2012
FutureShip and Marorka ally on emissions
A new strategic alliance between Marorka, Icelandic energy consultants and FutureShip, a GL company specialising in maritime consultancy services, has been formed with the aim of reducing emissions for shipowners around the world. 09 Feb 2012
Box ship meets new labour standards
A Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) box ship has achieved a Maritime Labour Statement of Compliance from Germanischer Lloyd (GL) confirming it meets requirements for the forthcoming ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). 14 Mar 2012
GL updates ship Rules
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has released updates to its Rules for seagoing ships and naval vessels. The updated Rules came into effect on 1 May 2012. 03 May 2012
GL and MAN produce LNG boxship study
According to Germanischer Lloyd, the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as ship fuel has recently gained more attention not only in Europe, but also in Asia and the USA. 23 May 2012
GL certifies ‘Bit Viking’ as ‘clean’
Germanischer Lloyd has undertaken a clean shipping index (CSI) verification for the product tanker ‘Bit Viking’, issuing a Statement of Compliance for the LNG-fuelled ship based on data submitted by owner Tarbit Shipping. 20 Jun 2012
Shipbuilding downturn hits GL
The COO of Germanischer Lloyd, Torsten Schramm, has said restructuring and job losses are now likely in the classification society as a result of a continuing global decline in ships on order, writes Tom Todd. 30 Jul 2012
GL installs new monitoring prototype
GL Maritime Software, part of Germanischer Lloyd (GL), has installed the first prototype of its GL MachineryManager software to 'CSAV Rio Blanco', a car carrier owned and managed by German shipping company F. Laeisz. 30 Jul 2012
First Chinese order for GL HullManager
GL Maritime Software has received its first order from a client in China for the GL HullManager hull integrity management software. Shanghai COSCO will install the system on seven vessels of its containership fleet. 01 Aug 2012
GL encourages young marine engineers
Class society Germanischer Lloyd has honoured five young engineers for their theses on ‘Innovative Ideas to Increase the Efficiency of Ships and/or their Operation’ at GL’s fifth maritime summer meeting. 24 Aug 2012
LNG boxship design receives GL approval
Germanischer Lloyd says that the Approval in Principle (AIP) certificate which it has granted to Technolog’s IPP-designed range of LNG-fuelled container ships demonstrates the increasing acceptance of gas as ship fuel. 07 Sep 2012
Scandlines backs eco-alternatives to Fehmarn link
Starting in October four Scandlines ferries are being fitted with hybrid drives as the first of two separate projects designed to provide possible alternatives to the planned Fehmarn Belt fixed link, writes Tom Todd. 25 Sep 2012
1,000th SEEMP for GL's FutureShip
Despite some indications to the contrary, Germanischer Lloyd believes that compliance with the incoming requirement for a ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP) is a high priority for many ship operators. 22 Nov 2012
DNV and GL join to form mega-class society
Oslo-based classification society Det Norske Veritas has announced that it has concluded an agreement to merge with another major class society, Germanischer Lloyd. The new entity will be known as DNV GL Group. 20 Dec 2012
NSC adopts GL engine condition monitoring survey
Germanischer Lloyd says that German shipping company NSC has decided to implement a condition monitoring survey arrangement for the main engine pistons of 49 of its ships. 03 Feb 2013
GL certifies MaK dealer Bolier
Classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has approved Netherlands based Machinefabriek Bolier BV in accordance with MaK's standards for its propulsion and service dealers. 22 Mar 2013
DNV-GL merger proceeds
The merger between DNV and GL, announced in December 2012, is proceeding smoothly, albeit slowly, with the integration-planning in process in both companies, and the competition filing being undertaken on a global basis. 03 Jun 2013
Eco-Ships and retrofitting: GL’s solution for the future
At Nor-Shipping 2013, classification society Germanischer Lloyd launched a manual aimed at shipowners wishing to explore retrofitting solutions to ensure that existing vessels remain economic, and announced that, in the society’s opinion, the Eco-Ship concept is here to stay. 05 Jun 2013
EEDI certification from GL
The NSC Group has commissioned Germanischer Lloyd (GL) to provide voluntary energy efficiency design index (EEDI) certification for the whole of its 53-strong fleet. NSC operates 31 container ships, four tankers, four bulkers and 14 multi-purpose vessels. 28 Sep 2013
More features for GL’s ECO-Assistant software
ECO-Assistant, the trim optimisation tool from Germanischer Lloyd’s consulting arm FutureShip, has been updated to include new features, including a fuel consumption calculator, system usage monitoring, benefit reporting and an E-learning module. 16 Sep 2013
EEDI first for Hapag-Lloyd ship
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ new cruise ship, ‘Europa 2’, has become the first in the world to be awarded Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) certification by Germanischer Lloyd. 31 Oct 2013
Fuels for the future
DNV GL has published a new position paper, entitled 'Alternative Fuels for Shipping', which lists a number of long-term options for low carbon, low emission fuels for the industry. 29 Jan 2014
Combined class shows the way forward
Now that the merger between class societies DNV and GL, resulting in one new, large organisation, DNV GL, normal service is resuming in Hamburg and Høvik, except on a larger scale. 28 Jan 2014