Marine Log

January 16, 2007

Germanischer Lloyd restructures maritime services

Germanischer Lloyd's response to client requests promises to be more agile since its acquisition by Guenter Herz, the major shareholder in the Puma sportswear empire.

In its first major move since the Herz acquisition thwarted an unwelcome take-over attempt by Bureau Veritas, Hamburg-based Germanischer Lloyd has restructured its Maritime Services. The classification society says this will improve its response to clients by optimizing its workflows.

Maritime Services has been divided into the divisions Fleet in Service, Ship Newbuilding, Innovation and Strategic Research and a new Maritime Systems and Components division.

Each division consists of a number of competence centers and departments and each has been assigned to a client group: shipowners, shipyards and supply industry. The aim is to provide customers with individual technical support.

Peter Leveringhaus, a graduate engineer, has been appointed manager of the new Maritime Systems and Components division. Prior to this appointment, he was managing director of the companies SCHOTTEL-Antriebstechnik GmbH and SCHOTTEL-Schiffsmaschinen GmbH in Wismar, Germany.