Hamburg/Germany, 22 January 2013 – The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) have renewed and expanded their strategic innovation cooperation agreement. They have agreed to jointly identify and develop novel technologies and applications for the shipping industry. The agreement will build upon the cooperation of the two partners which began in 2010 with joint projects that aimed at addressing ship emissions, indoor navigation, advanced materials and wave prediction via satellite.
“The maritime industry has begun to take a hard look at the ways in which it operates, especially in the area of energy efficiency and the use of new fuels”, explained Dr Pierre C. Sames, Head of GL’s Department of Research and Rule Development. “With optimization of ship hydrodynamic performance becoming rapidly standard, we now see the optimisation of ship structures as an additional target, with a view to applying modern non-steel materials, and this is certainly a field where bringing together creative minds from both our industries can result in the emergence of new and innovative ideas.”
“Securing a future in which transport systems operate in as safe and as environmentally friendly manner as possible is very much at the heart of our mission at DLR, ” said Dr Dietmar Heyland, , Deputy Head of DLR Technology Marketing, “and likewise these values are part of the core goals of GL. Working together with industry partners who share the same spirit, but bring a skill set and expertise complementary to DLR’s own experience, is the key to strengthening co-operation between industries, validating the value of DLR’s research for industry and society and triggering further creativity in research and development.”
GL and the DLR Institute of Communications and Navigation are both founding members of the “Network for Maritime Applications” at the Research Port of Rostock.
DLR, the German Aerospace Center, is Germany’s national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, defence and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany’s Space Agency, DLR is tasked with the planning and implementation of Germany’s space programme. In addition, two project management agencies have been established to promote DLR’s research.
DLR conducts research into the Earth and the Solar System; it delivers important data for the preservation of our environment and develops environment-friendly technologies to enhance power supply, mobility, communication and security. DLR’s research portfolio ranges from basic research to the development of products for tomorrow.
DLR employs 7300 people; the Center has 32 institutes and facilities at 16 locations in Germany: Cologne (headquarters), Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Göttingen, Hamburg, Jülich, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stade, Stuttgart, Trauen and Weilheim. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris, Singapore and Washington DC.
About Germanischer Lloyd
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) offers classification services, plan approval, inspection and certification of materials and components as well as technical assessments for newbuildings and ships in service. GL is dedicated to providing high quality services, which ensure the safety of life and property at sea, and minimize impacts on the marine environment.
As a classification society GL is particularly strong in the classification of container ships, multi-purpose vessels, tankers, bulk carriers, high-speed ferries, cruise ships, mega yachts and sports boats. GL currently surveys almost 8000 vessels on a regular basis, and GL’s fleet in service now surpasses 110 million GT.
GL’s experts serve as advisors to governments, the IMO, flag and port states. The group is committed to a smarter, safer and greener future of shipping. www.gl-group.com