Hamburg’s shipping and sailing community came together at the city’s yacht harbour today, as DNV GL and Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt (HVS) christened the offshore racing yacht Broader View Hamburg.
The classification society has taken up the sponsorship of the Andrews 56 vessel to support and encourage more young people to develop their interest in ocean sailing and maritime topics in general.
The Broader View Hamburg is used for training purposes and takes part in races worldwide. Built by Alan Andrews in 1999, its light frame allows the vessel to sail at speeds of up to 24 knots.
“The new name ‘Broader View’ represents our aim to recognise the conjunctions between technology, environment and society and include this into our work. HVS shares our commitment to promoting the highest safety standards and we are very pleased to support them in their efforts in training and racing with young sailors,” said Tor Svensen, CEO DNV GL – Maritime, during the christening ceremony at the Hamburg Yacht Harbour.
The vessel has been financed with the help of sponsorships for more than 15 years. DNV GL is taking over from the German investment company Norddeutsche Vermögen.
“We are very happy to be involved in giving young people the opportunity to try offshore racing and we hope that this sponsorship can help to promote safer yacht racing. Also, as part of our involvement with the Broader View Hamburg members of our specialist yacht team will be supporting the HVS with their expertise,” said Hasso Hoffmeister, Inspection Engineer Special Craft & OSV at DNV GL – Maritime.
The Broader View Hamburg has been painted in the same colours as DNV GL’s company logo. “Blues and green of the colour scheme represent sea, land and sky – highlighting our focus on safeguarding life, property and the environment, while the extended lines represent our expansive expert approach to business, where we seek the broader context to the issues facing our customers and the industry,” said Andreas Bodmann, Communications Director at DNV GL – Maritime.
“The partnership between DNV GL and Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt is a perfect match. HVS and DNV GL both share the same principles of safety, thorough training and excellent seamanship. For 112 years the HVS has been able to provide offshore sailing opportunities for young people through the sole support of private sponsors and members,” said Dr Hanns Ostmeier, Chairman of the Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt.
Pictured at the naming ceremony of are Tor Svensen, CEO DNV GL – Maritime, Verena Bouillon, godmother of the sailing yacht and Business Development Manager at DNV GL, and Dr Hanns Ostmeier, Chairman of the Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt (from left).