Discussion forum “Maritime Security- and Economic Policy” at Lake Constance.
The importance of maritime dependencies for Germany as a business location is an important factor for high-technology and export-dependent federal state “Baden-Wuerttemberg”.
How can free, reliable maritime links be secured for global trade flows? What aspects of maritime security are to be found in the economic environment? What will the German Navy look like in the future? Which future “maritime” drives are conceivable against the background of a growing environmental awareness?
These and other questions / aspects debated a discussion forum on October 11th , 2017 in Friedrichshafen at the Lake Constance.
The German Maritime Institute (DMI), in cooperation with Diehl Defence and MTU (Motoren- und Turbinenunion Friedrichshafen), had invited to Lake Constance to show the importance of the maritime industry for the south of Germany. Many supplier companies along the “Swabian Sea” are closely linked to ship builders and shipyards in the north of the Federal Republic.
Dr. Daniel Chatterjee, representing the owner MTU / Rolls-Royce Power System, welcomed the guests, followed by an introduction to the topic by Rearadmiral (retd.) Ulrich Otto (Vice President of the DMI). Admiral Otto emphasized the significance of the oceans as an economic space, transit space, production space, resource base, recreational area, power projection area and not least as an element of climate research.
Wolfgang Menzl from the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Austria, Rearadmiral Ulrich Reineke from the Naval Command Rostock, DMI Vice President Ulrich Otto, Diehl Defence CEO Claus Günther and Dr. Daniel Chatterjee, head of MTU’s Green and High-Tech Program (on the photo from left to right) were the speakers of the subsequent panels (Ulrich Otto as moderator)
Rearadmiral Ulrich Reineke began his speech (The Way of the German Navy until the end of the next decade) with the introduction of security policy axes from the point of view of the German Navy and informed the participants about the current maritime crisis areas of the world and then devoted the path of the German Navy to the end of the next decade.
Planning focus, future skills, leadership and multinational cooperation, as well as future planning decisions with particular emphasis on personnel and material on the timeline until 2050, were the focus of the lecture. With a “how is the way ahead and what open questions are still to be solved?” ended the lecture. more
Claus Günther began his presentation on “Aspects of Maritime Security in the Economic Environment” with a historical outline of the maritime importance of Lake Constance. “Historically Lake Constance was in the middle of the action in the 17th century,” says Günther.
The maritime industry of Germany in the international environment, the Maritime Agenda 2025, as well as the role of the maritime defense industry in an international environment and international cooperation were the following topics to whom Günther devoted himself. Safe maritime trade routes, Germany’s (industrial) strategic interest in a comprehensive security system and the strategic importance of the Baltic Sea and Germany’s role as the largest economic and military nation on the Baltic Sea, Günther clearly worked out. more
After a discussion and coffee break with possibilities to get to know and possibly deepen individual previously beloved aspects followed panel 2.
Wolfgang Menzl from Salzburg explained in his lecture “Maritime transport routes and their relevance for the hinterland from the perspective of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)“. MSC, the second largest container shipping company in the world, recognizes the need to invest not only in the expansion of seaports, but also to secure and improve the hinterland connection through the expansion of roads, waterways and the rail network. This also applies in particular to Austria as a business location. more
“The previous internal combustion engine must be” greener “. Environmental pollution, energy shifts, emission control legislation and digitalization are the drivers for a rethinking of the maritime sector, “commented Dr. Daniel Chatterjee. He then went into detail on projects that are being investigated at MTU as part of a green and high-tech program. Exhaust gas aftertreatment, alternative fuels, electrification / hybrid all in conjunction with a progressive digitization and the vision for decarbonized ship propulsion are to be mentioned here. “MTU Friedrichshafen must offer optimal solutions for all applications with its drive systems,” says Dr. Chatterjee at the end of the discussion. more
Admiral Otto summarized the essential (especially also new) findings in his final statements. He called for the promotion of as much of the maritime knowledge as possible.
He thanked the lecturers and participants and prospected a continuation of the discussion forum.