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GL opens 11th Chinese station in Yangzhou

Shanghai: German classification society Germanischer Lloyd has inaugurated its 11th new station in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province. Headed by station manager Gerhard Patz, the team of more than 20 employees service the ship newbuilding at five shipyards and 90 component manufacturers and cover the regular fleet in service inspections at the ports of Yangzhou, Taizhou and Lianyungang.

Yangzhou is located on the northern bank of the Yangtze river and the Jinghang Canal. Because of its location it has historically been a leading economic and cultural centre as well as major port of trade. Today, Yangzhou is once again an important transportation and market centre. It also has some industrial output, chiefly in cotton and textiles.

GL opened its first Asian office in Shanghai in 1870. The classification society currently has a presence in Dalian, Jiangyin, Nanjing, Ningbo, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Hong Kong, and Kaohsiung and boasts a network of more than 200 experts in China serving shipyards, supply industry and shipping companies. Roughly 750 container ships, multi-purpose vessels, bulk carriers and oil/chemical tankers are presently being built or in the GL orderbook at more than 60 shipyards.  [21/04/08]

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