August 1, 2008
New Chief Surveyor at Germanischer Lloyd
Germanischer Lloyd's (GL) new Chief Surveyor is Norbert Kray (42). He will be taking on the professional support of the classification society's 1,000 surveyors in over 77 countries.
Norbert Kray started his career at the Bremer Vulkan shipyard and moved to Germanischer Lloyd in 1997. Initially, he worked in the Analysis of Hull Structures and Damages; later he was deputy head of GL's Damage and Repair Management. Since 2002, Kray has represented GL in committees of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).
Starting in 2006, Norbert Kray headed up the Technical Support department, and so was also responsible for Germanischer Lloyd's Emergency Response Service (ERS). In response to demand for comprehensive technical support in cases of average, he founded the GL Gdansk Engineering Services in Poland in January 2007 and assumed the technical management for the preparation of computer models of the registered vessels.
As Chief Surveyor, Kray will be responsible for the regular technical inspection of the fleet in service of at present over 6,600 vessels. In addition,he will also be responsible for monitoring the inspection processes for ship newbuildings, as well as materials and components.
A further focus of Kray's responsibilities is to systematically enhance the training of surveyors.
Kray, who reports directly to Chief Operating Officer (COO) Torsten Schramm, succeeds Ehrhardt Arndt who has retired after 19 years with GL.