Founded in 1867 Germanischer Llyod (GL) belongs to the top five classification societies. GL employs more than 6400 engineers, surveyors, experts and administrative staff in 80 countries. The global GL network consists of more than 200 stations and site offices. GL is a founding member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and the European Association of Classification Societies (EURACS)
GL is dedicated to ensuring the safety of life and property at sea, and the prevention of pollution of the marine environment. As an independent third party, GL develops state of the art rules, procedures and guidance for ship owners, ship yards and the maritime supply industry in order to offer commercially sound answers in times of economic challenges and tight regulatory regimes. GL is strong in the classification of container ships, tankers, bulk carriers, multi-purpose vessels, highspeed ferries, cruise ships, mega yachts and sports boats. GL’s fleet in service amounts to 83 million gross tons. More than 6,890 ships are currently surveyed on a regular basis by GL surveyors.
Besides traditional classification services of plan approval, inspection and certification of materials and components as well as technical assessment of ships in service, GL put particular emphasis on ship energy efficiency and environmental issues. The new business line "Maritime Solutions" provides expert advice towards optimizing hull design, propeller performance, engine output, energy management, and even crew performance. In addition, our scope of services covers consultancy, advanced engineering, certification, training and software solutions. GL maritime experts are advisors to governments, IMO, flag states and port states.