Organisation

We want to strengthen the maritime sector.

The German Maritime Centre was founded in 2017. It is an independent institution based in Hamburg. Our members are the federal government as the main funder, five German states and the major maritime associations.

Our areas of work cover entire value chains in the fields of shipbuilding and marine technology, shipping, and ports and maritime logistics. We draw on the maritime sector’s innovative capacity and on topics of the future such as fossil-free, emissions-free propulsion systems, autonomous shipping, and recruiting young talent, so that the maritime industry can continue to maintain a leading position internationally.

We support the maritime industry by providing information and studies on developments in markets, technologies, laws and policies. At the core of our work are issues relating to designing and implementing research, development and innovation (RD&I) in the maritime sector. We support cooperative approaches to research and development, for instance, by commissioning studies and projects that implement research results, increase knowledge and further develop the technological state of the art in the maritime sector.

We want to

  • Promote the perception of the maritime sector as a diverse and future-oriented employer.
  • Expand and intensify interdisciplinary exchange within the sector as well as with other branches of industry, but also with politics, science and public authorities nationwide.
  • Support the maritime sector at European and international level.

Our priorities include: competitiveness, sustainability and climate change, technological change, demography and attracting young talent.

Association

The purpose of the association is to increase the competitiveness and innovative strength of the entire German maritime location and to strengthen know-how and career prospects in the maritime economy.

This also includes addressing and coordinating cross-cutting maritime issues that require a cross-sectoral approach. The German Maritime Centre sees itself as a point of connection between industry, science and public authorities.

From 2018 until the end of 2020 we received federal funding from the budget of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) for the establishment of the German Maritime Centre. In the first three years, the focus was on building up the personnel and technical infrastructure and defining fields of work. From 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023, we are receiving further funding from the budget of the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) (since December 2021: Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport/BMDV) for further expansion until the start of operations. In addition, we receive member contributions.

The organs of the association are the General Assembly, the Executive Board and the Advisory Board. The General Assembly is the supreme body of the association. It consists of all members.

Members

Our members are the German federal government, the five federal states and leading large maritime associations. The General Assembly is the supreme body of the association. It convenes at least twice a year. Each member has one vote. Our aim is to attract further associations and federal states as members.

Federal Republic of Germany

represented by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport

State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

represented by the Ministry of Economics, Infrastructure, Tourism and Employment

State of Lower Saxony

represented by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Digitalisation of Lower Saxony

Land Schleswig-Holstein

represented by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Touris

Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

represented by the Senator for Science and Ports

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

represented by the Ministry of Economy and Innovation

Maritime Cluster Northern Germany

Association of German Captains and Ship’s Officers

German Shipowners’ Association

Association for Shipbuilding and Marine Technology

Central Association of German Seaport Operators

German Shipbrokers’ Association

Executive Board

The Executive Board of the German Maritime Centre consists of five natural persons. Currently, it is composed of representatives of the major maritime associations and two representatives from the federal states. The term of office of all board members is three years. The board meets at least twice a year. Its members work in an unpaid and voluntary capacity.

Dr. Reinhard Lüken

Chairperson
Managing Director
Association for Shipbuilding and Marine Technology (VSM)
E-Mail: Vorstand[at]dmz-maritim.de

Lutz M. Birke

Deputy Chairperson, Treasurer
Head of Port and Innovation
Ministry of Economy and Innovation, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

 

Daniel Hosseus

Board Member
Managing Director
Central Association of German Seaport Operators (ZDS)

Dr. Niels Kämpny

Board Member
Head of Department of Industry and Maritime Economy
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Digitalisation of Lower Saxony

Advisory Board

The German Maritime Centre has an Advisory Board that supports and advises it by providing specialist and industry knowledge. The Advisory Board consists of up to 24 persons. The members of the Advisory Board are elected for a term of three years by the General Meeting upon nomination by the Executive Board. Members of the Advisory Board serve in a voluntary and unpaid capacity.

Achim Wehrmann

Chairperson
Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport
 

Dr. Alexander Geisler

Deputy Chairperson
Managing Director
German Shipbrokers’ Association

Torsten Conradi

President
The German Boat- and Shipbuilding Association

Knut Gerdes

Chairperson of the Executive Board
Maritime Cluster Northern Germany

Thorsten Harms

Managing Director
German Shipsuppliers Association

Dr. Karin Kammann-Klippstein

President
Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency

Dr. Hermann J. Klein

Chairperson of the Executive Board
The German Society for Maritime Technology

Petra Mahnke

Managing Director
German Association for Marine Technology

Capt. Wilhelm Mertens

Managing Director
Association of German Captains and Ship’s Officers

Dr. Alexander Nürnberg

Managing Director
O.S. Energy
 
 

Michael Ströh

Managing Director
German Port Technology Association

Jörgen Thiele

Scientific Advisory Board
German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation