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Navy, politics, science and economy

Panel for discussions and conceptual exchange about maritime matters

The German Maritime Institute (DMI) concerns itself with recent and historically meaningful maritime events and developments. It deals with occurrences which influence politics and strategy. Germany is one of the world's leading exporting countries. Germany's achievements in the fields of industrial growth and logistics are highly impressive. Obviously many German jobs, and consequently the employees' prosperity, depend on the country's ability to maintain a flourishing economy. Then again Germany and its economy strongly depend on the sea. It is of great importance to highlight this dependence and its consequences.

Germany's roles as a leading nation and an international crisis manager are founded in the country's economic strength. The nation's industrial power actually qualifies Germany for those major roles. However, Germany's power has no negative effect on other countries. Germany's success is deeply rooted in international trade and thereby helps other countries to experience success stories of their own.

The German success story would not be possible without the sea. The import and export of goods and natural resources mainly rely on the seaways. To be more precise; 60% of Germany's foreign trade relies on the seaways. It is not a surprise that images of harbours and container gantry cranes have replaced images of smoking chimneys as a symbol of a flourishing economy. This change emphasises the importance of the maritime affairs for the global market.

Nevertheless, those striking numbers and facts have not led to a public awareness of the chances and risks, which arise by depending on the sea. Transport by using the seaways is very good for the environment. Unfortunately facts like this one are no part of a broad public knowledge. Even the threatening dangers of the sea are hardly discussed in the public. From time to time, and rather in sporadic manner, newspapers write about pirates. In most cases those newspapers attract their readers with bold headlines instead of providing profound information.

Risks and chances can be ''translated'' into increase of costs, saving of costs, impediment to competition, and competitive advantage. This translation has an impact on the German economy as a whole. Every single German job depends, at least on some level, on the sea or the seaways. May it be in a direct or rather indirect way. This impact cannot be denied and it affects everyone from worker to politician.

The DMI wants to rise awareness for maritime relations. Publications, such as the MarineForum, serve as a source of information. Furthermore the DMI is honoured to host a number of events. Last but not least the Maritime Hauptstadtforum functions as a meeting point. Located in Berlin, experts and interested parties can get to together and e.g. enter into a dialogue.

The institute, as a registered association with its' headquarters in Bonn, is a consolidation of private and sponsoring members. It is supported by personalities from politics, science, economy and the German Navy who...

  • are interested in maritime matters and want to take part in solving maritime issues beyond the scale of their professions.
  • want to work alongside the German Maritime Institute in special projects,
  • want to make use of their knowledge and experience and want provide the maritime network with information on maritime issues and matters or support this financially.