GL at Nor-Shipping 2009: New Designs and Options to Save Fuel Costs

“How to make ships more efficient?” This was the key question posed today by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo.

At a press conference, the classification society and technical assurance and consulting company informed about its green initiatives, current market developments as well as new design and fuel-saving options. “Reducing the environmental impact of shipping in order to upgrade its image as an environmentally friendly mode of transportation, is one of the most important topics for the maritime industry,” Dr Hermann J. Klein, Member of the GL Executive Board, said at the press conference. “We understand that the commercial pressures for ship owners will continue to rise in particular due to a number of regulatory requirements. Therefore, energy efficiency continues to gain in importance.” To prepare for such challenges, GL established its new subsidiary “FutureShip”. FutureShip offers a catalogue of services with a common objective: optimizing ships, both those in operation and those yet to be built.

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