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32 Maritime Professional 1Q 2011 development projects. China’s substantial landmass and logistics are an administrative challenge. Given the signifi- cant role China is playing in both the marine and offshore energy sectors, ABS determined that it needed to realign its business structure in the Pacific region.

In mid-October we established a new division - the ABS

Greater China Division that will manage our activities in the region (China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong). Headquartered in

Shanghai where ABS already maintained a large engineering, survey and administrative office, the new division allows

ABS to provide superior service to its clients in the region.

ABS is currently active in approximately 140 shipyards in

China with an orderbook approaching 900 vessels aggregat- ing to almost 20 m gross tons. ABS also has strong relation- ships with the Hong Kong and Taiwanese owners, as well as

Taiwanese shipyards. I want to point out a major driver in establishing the new division was the rapid diversification of

China into natural gas and offshore energy activities - two areas of traditional strength for ABS.

SADLER (LR) China, more than ever is the story in world ship- ping. China has the largest influence on the bulk trades, it is the world’s largest energy consumer and the factory of the world, largely dictating the health of the container trades. As the emerging maritime superpower, China will play a key role in shaping the future of shipping as it becomes the world’s primary maritime market – leading in seaborne trade, ship- building and vertically integrated shipowning and ship man- agement. China will be at the heart of LR’s future.

Lloyd’s Register’s order book in China has reached its biggest ever levels with over 500 ships – some 42% by ton- nage- under construction or on order to Lloyd’s Register as at

October 2010. Projects such as our green bulk carrier design research with Bestway in China promote a greater under- standing of the potential for more efficient ship designs in future. In China we have been innovating in helping support

China’s growth and helping the industry move from to where are, to where they need to be.

Lloyd’s Register has been innovating in expanding the remit of class to support safety in China. Speeches delivered in

China during September and November by LR’s CEO,

Richard Sadler, have emphasized the key part China has to play in the future of regulation and technology development for a safe and sustainable shipping industry.

At the technical level, one area that has required a consider- able investment of management time, planning, training and resourcing is shipbuilding. With the growth in shipyard capacity many new entrants into the market, or players expanding their capability into more sophisticated ship types, have needed assistance. Beginning in China, we have devel- oped a variety of gap analysis services to help yards under- stand what is required and provide support where necessary. “The gap analysis is carried out by Lloyd’s Register Asia spe- cialists, and the response from Chinese shipbuilders has been very positive,” says Moelker; several of China’s top yards have already committed to the process and one of the state- owned shipbuilding groups has ‘strongly recommended’ the process to all of its member yards.

COYNE (GL) China has made it to the top of the ship building nations. Despite the financial crisis, the Chinese shipbuilding industry has grown exponentially over the past few years, thanks to cheap labor, strong government support and tech- nological development. The role of classification societies is defined by two of its key client groups: ship owners and ship- yards. Both want to work with a classification society that is not only knowledgeable, professional and technically astute, but also responsive with a strong sense for common sense solutions, like Germanischer Lloyd (GL).

GL continues to support and assist Chinese yards which are now in a process of building much more advanced vessels with a high energy efficiency factor. GL has some ten offices in China. Our target is to deliver high quality services in a streamlined efficient customer oriented and highly localized organization.

Quality in ship building is always high on the agenda. At GL, an Internal Quality Support Team (IQST) was introduced a few years ago to supervise the implementation of GL's qual- ity standard in shipbuilding apart from the approximately 300 surveyors in China. The team of surveyors has various tasks such as process and systems checks at shipyards as well as

GL site offices.

The team consists of a dozen experts, conducting up to hun- dred visits to manufacturers and shipyards. In order to respond to customer suggestions, IQST also acts as a consul- tancy for shipyards and manufacturers. The team has set up a procedure, the 'New building Procedural Guidelines' on how to manage a newbuilding from A to Z.

Based on this service portfolio and the technological back up of GL in the business segments oil and gas and renewables, the long term perspective in China looks demanding but bright.

The receding Arctic polar icecap is giving new emphasis on ice nav- igation and cold weather operations. Let’s talk about class role and how your organization is ramping up its class standards, inspection protocols and everything else to ensure that your client fleets are ready.

COYNE (GL) Arctic waters pose a challenge in so far as the ves- sels have to be equipped according the ice class requirements for Arctic shipping. GL has the largest fleet of vessels with

Ice Class Notation for Arctic use.


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