Inland waterway vessels the focus for new GL appointees

19 Aug 2011
Tom Dorsman

Tom Dorsman

Germanischer Lloyd has appointed a new business development manager (BDM), Tom Dorsman, and a dedicated technical coordinator, Ruben Roeleveld, specialising in Inland Marine.

Dorsman will provide a dedicated sales specialist for the inland waterway vessel market. Roeleveld will be responsible for co-ordinating activities between plan approval surveyors, field surveyors, business development managers and clients. Roeleveld will be GL's contact with the IVW (Inspectie Verkeer en Waterstaat), the Dutch Shipping Inspectorate. Both will be based in Rotterdam

With big changes on the horizon, for example the phase out of single hull barges tanker barges in the Netherlands and Belgium, GL says it is positioning itself to help customers as new regulations and shifts in the market take place. Appointing a specialist BDM and coordinator will, says GL, build on its presence in the inland market, and follows GL's authorisation by the EU in 2006 to conduct statutory inspections of inland vessels navigating in Community waterways. This year GL received full accreditation from the IVW to conduct inspections on Dutch flagged inland vessels and GL will soon be issuing an updated version of its own rules for inland navigation vessels.

Dorsman has been involved with Inland Vessels and components for most of his working life, having been employed by Castrol, Detroit Diesel, MTU and Kuipers Shipbuilding. Roeleveld has worked for IVW as a ship inspector; conducting inspections, and undertaking field surveys and plan approval, as well as approving hull safety arrangements, fire insulation and other safety measures. Previous to this he was a ship plan approval surveyor at Lloyd's Register, mainly focused on hull construction in inland water vessels and yachts.

Currently over 800 inland waterway vessels are GL classed, including modern double hulled tankers. Several seagoing vessels of GL's fleet are also subject to inland waterway certification.

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