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Thursday, June 04, 2009

GL Opens Two More Offices in Vietnam, expands business in Scandinavia

Thursday, 04 June 2009

In recent years, Vietnam has emerged as an important producer of oil and natural gas in Southeast Asia. Despite the current economic crisis , the country continues boosting its activities in the energy industry. Accordingly, global technical assurance and consulting company Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has reinforced its local presence by opening two new offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Danang.
Germanischer Lloyd Industrial Services have been operating in Vietnam since 1996. At first only a Representative Office with four people, GL today employs a competent, multi-skilled team of almost 30 based in the country office in Vung Tau, in Hanoi and the new offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Danang. As part of the company's global growth strategy, GL is considering to open yet another office in Nha Trang later this year and boost the local workforce up to 50.
Raymond Haveron, Managing Director and Country Manager for GL Industrial Services in Vietnam, is content with the current development. "The demand for our services is there, so we need to be flexible with our scope of activities," he says. "In our work the personal touch is extremely important. You always need to know the right people and be able to provide your services on the spot." As an international assurance and consulting company, GL offers sophisticated services enhancing the safety, integrity, reliability and performance of its clients' assets, primarily related to energy production, storage and transportation.
Many projects have been initiated recently and now are commencing their implementation. With the newly opened offices GL is able to provide its services even closer to local customers, including high-profile developers such as Hoang Long JOC, Petronas Carigali Vietnam, VIETSOVPETRO JV, PETROVIETNAM and PV Gas.
Germanischer Lloyd's expanding business in Sweden yet again requires larger office areas. The new and extended office facilities in Gothenburg have opened today. They now house both the GL Station Gothenburg as well as part of the Area Scandinavia Business Development organisation serving the clients with services for newbuilding and ships in operation. The Gothenburg Station is a busy one with the everyday Fleet in Service surveys and is also experiencing specialized surveys such as main engine fuel conversions. In addition, activities in the certification of materials and components and wind energy technology are steadily increasing.
From the first of June 2009 Mr Robert Edner enters upon Managing Director GL Sweden AB and acting Country Manager. Mr Edner is a naval engineer, has since January 2007 served for GL Norway and in addition during 2008 as Station Manager Gothenburg. Mr Edner has previously worked at the Inspectorate of the Swedish Transport Agency in Stockholm. He has also served in engineering positions with shipping lines, such as Star Cruises from 1997 to 2003. Mr Edner succeeds Mr Roger Lundgren who now resumes full time for his senior surveyor position.
Germanischer Lloyd continues to extend its strong network in Scandinavia serving shipyards, supply industry and shipping companies. The classification society and technical assurance and consulting company is present in Stockholm/Akersberga, Gothenburg and Karlstad in Sweden, Turku and Helsinki in Finland, Oslo, Alesund and Bergen in Norway, Copenhagen, Alborg, Arhus and Fredericia in Denmark and in Reykjavik in Iceland.
Source: GL Group