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August 10, 2009

GL appoints Kevin Coyne Executive Vice President Americas for the Maritime Services

Kevin Coyne

Classification society Germanischer Lloyd has appointed Kevin Coyne as its new Executive Vice President Americas for the Maritime Services. He takes responsibility for GL's maritime activities of in the Americas region and will move the regional office from Mexico City to Houston--underscoring the importance of the tanker market.

Mr. Coyne holds a BS from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. and an MBA from Rutgers University with a concentration in Finance and Strategy. He joins GL from General Maritime Management, where he was Vice President Maritime Compliance, Quality, Global Crewing, Ship Vetting and Operations and successfully operated 43 aframax and suezmax vessels on charter to major oil companies and traders. He has established crewing offices worldwide and was responsible for all ship vetting activity to provide acceptable risk management and compliance with MARPOL regulations. Previously, he has held positions with Exxon and Universe Tankships in vessel operation, newbuilding construction supervision and at sea.

GL's Maritime Services are represented in the U.S. through its offices in New York, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, Houston and Los Angeles. Services offered across the U.S. include newbuilding supervision, ship in service inspections, ISM, ISO and ISPS certification, quality management certification and approval of workshops / shipyards as well as training activities. Since September 2007, GL is authorized to participate in the U.S. Coast Guard's Alternate Compliance Program (ACP) and is one of only three non-American classification societies to have such authorization from the Coast Guard.

Kevin Coyne will report to Dr Hermann J Klein, Member of the Executive Board of Germanischer Lloyd, and succeeds Fritz Grannemann who retires this year after 29 years with GL.


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