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WELD. Optimized welding processes can reduce costs and improve the durability.


The Diverse World of Welding

dvanced bonding and welding technology can reduce the costs of building ships and other steel struc- tures considerably while offering sig- nificant improvements in terms of structural integrity. Foundations of offshore wind turbines require spe- cialized, optimized welding processes due to the exceptional stresses they are exposed to in the maritime envi- ronment. A

New Trends. In April, about 120 ex- perts from the maritime and offshore industries met in Hamburg for the 10th Conference on Welding in Shipbuilding and General Engineering to exchange ideas and discuss new industry trends. Eleven presentations by business, sci- ence and industry experts highlighted innovative designs, materials, weld- ing processes and testing methods for maritime applications. The event was hosted jointly by GL, the Training and Research Centre for Welding Technol- ogy, Hamburg (SLV), and the German Welding Society (DVS).

The next conference will take place in Hamburg on 28/29 April 2010.


6,000 Metres Below Sea Level

or the video-guided hydraulic grip- per made by OCTOPUS in Kiel, Ger- many, working at 6,000-metre ocean depths doesn’t pose any problems. GL supported and supervised the develop- ment and manufacture of the gripper, reviewing the drawings and perform- ing in-process checks, a harbour in- spection and a full range of functional tests. The GL experts subjected the de- vice to load and tensile tests, applying loads of up to six tonnes. The gripper is deployed by the German research insti- tute IFM-Geomar on its research vessels. F

For further information: Dr Robert Surma, Head of Department Steam Boilers & Pressure Equipment, Phone: +49 40 36149-7917, E-Mail: robert.surma@gl-group.com

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New Office, New Advanced Training

ith the move to a larger office in Mumbai, more manpower, and new projects with the Anglo- Eastern Maritime Training Centre (AEMTC), Germanischer Lloyd ex- pands its activities in India. W

The cooperation agreement with AEMTC focusses on ad- vanced maritime training. Col- laboration includes value-added seminars and workshops for the maritime industry, as well as the development of a common trainer pool. The first GL Academy course,

graduates to participate,” explains Winfried Jaray, Market Develop- ment Manager Region Asia/Pacif- ic with GL. “A preparatory module brings graduates up to speed on basic ship theory before they im- merse themselves into the science of ship design.” The course is divid- ed into a seven-month core mod- ule and a subsequent one-month specialization module at Bharati shipyard, one of the leading pri- vate-sector shipyards in India. The first course begins this summer.

Cooperation. Dr Hermann J. Klein, Member of Executive Board GL and Capt. K.N. Deboo, Pricipal of AEMTC. OPENING. High profile visit at GL’s new office in India.

titled “Ship Structures II”, was held in February. Further courses cov- ering a variety of topics will follow during 2009. In addition, AEMTC and GL Academy have teamed up to bring GL’s wide range of special- ist seminars to different locations in India several times a year.

High Expectations. Offering an “Advanced Diploma Course” in na- val architecture for post gradu- ates is a project the two partner organizations have put high on their agenda. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr Hermann J. Klein, GL’s Executive Board Member, and Capt. K.N. De- boo, Principal of AEMTC. “At AE- MTC we are extremely enthusiastic about the opportunities that have been created by this collaboration. I look forward with great anticipa- tion to the commencement of this course and other training projects that will follow,” said Capt. Deboo.

The naval architecture course is a hands-on programme. “The en- try-level stream has been kept flex- ible to enable a broad spectrum of

The signing of the contract for the naval architecture course was a highlight at the opening cere- mony of the new GL office in cen- tral Mumbai. To meet the rising de- mand for classification and related services, GL has increased its staff considerably and moved into a larg- er office. The new premises are lo- cated in the emerging business dis- trict of the Kurla-Bandra Complex which is centrally located and equi- distant to both the old Mumbai Port and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust ( JNPT) container terminal.

More Stations. “Strengthening our presence in India significantly is an important step in our strat- egy of supporting our Indian and international clients even better and faster in the future. We took decisive action to support our In- dian customers when we estab- lished Station Goa in 2008. Addi- tional stations will follow this year,” said Dr Volkmar Wasmansdorff, GL’s Head of Region Asia/Pacific. GL currently has offices in Chen- nai, Delhi, Gujarat and Mumbai.

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