With the new Internet platform "global
exchange", or "globe" for short, a new era
has dawned: the paperless
exchange of shipbuilding plans and design drawings between Germanischer
Lloyd and the yards, engine manufacturers and suppliers. For a typical
newbuilding, as many as 1,500 design drawings are examined by
The high order level for newbuildings and the ever shorter building
times at the yards call for faster planning and operational sequences,
even in the preproduction phase. By shifting the data exchange process
from "snail mail" to Internet, the necessary effort is minimized, with
added savings in time. What is more, the digital interchange of approved
drawings via the Internet ensures that all the participants are brought
up to date immediately.
The documents of the ships, engines or components to be approved, as
well as the associated test reports and certificates, are exchanged in
the PDF format between the yard or manufacturer and Germanischer Lloyd.
"globe" functions without any need for special software, because the
portal can be reached via a standard web browser. However, the security
of the digital interchange procedure is safeguarded by the SSL method.
Access is protected by password. On request, customers can obtain an
extra degree of security by using the RSA Token system, which generates
new six-digit codes every minute and thus, in conjunction with a PIN,
creates a constantly changing password.
The basic version of the new service
(without RSA) is offered free of
charge. globe can be ordered directly under: www.gl-group.com/globe