“Maritime Convention 2018” Challenges of maritime spaces in times of change

The 12th Maritime Convention attracted representatives from politics, business, science and the military to panels and lectures at the State Representation Schleswig-Holstein in Berlin with the topic “Challenges to maritime spaces in times of change”. The organizers, the “German Maritime Institute” together with “Griephan” have managed to gather 162 maritime experts on the challenging issues of the maritime future.
The host and host State Secretary Ingbert Liebing then welcomed the community with great joy and already stated in his welcoming words that the times for the maritime world will probably not get any easier. He wanted a good course of the convention.

The speaker for the first panel was Prof. Dr. med. Henning Vöpel, director of the HWWI (Hamburg Institute of International Economics), who impressively lived up to the reputation of his institution and the term “key note”. He referred to “geopolitical rejection and technological disruption” because globalization and digitization are replacing the post-war orders and the economies of the industrialization era, says Vöpel. And with regard to the maritime industry, he presented the opportunities and risks. more

A furious start to the convention, which was taken up by Thorsten Meincke, Senior Vice President Global Seafreight of Kuehne + Nagel. Meincke presented the Group’s current challenges in logistics, which has been preparing for digitization for years, especially in Germany as one of the leading nations.

The audience eagerly awaited a premiere: the Managing Director of the German Maritime Center (DMZ) in Hamburg, founded in 2017, Dr. Ing. Wolfgang Sichermann, who presented the institute founded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the States of Hamburg and Lower Saxony as well as leading associations of the maritime industry. His report on initial activities in the field of research, security and energy was also a stimulus for participation and participation.

The subsequent panel discussion led by Heinz Schulte started with the question of how the experts considered it to be “Germany as a location”. And it became clear that Germany is a leader in the logistics chain management in the world. A promising assessment, even if the European port competition, data security and vulnerability of the systems will continue to be a security-policy topic

Panel 2 was the military contribution to the Maritime Convention under the slogan “Maritime challenges in times of upheaval”. Key Note Speaker was the Chief of the German Navy, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause. The highest naval officer relativised the since months loud press scenario to a bad situation of the navy. Without ignoring the abuses Admiral Krause pointed but also clearly that at least three submarines drive and found that of the “smallest fleet ever” with 46 units all operations served and orders were met, at times half of the fleet was in the sea. He also emphasized the renewed importance of the defense of the Country and the Alliance, and finally demanded that industry provide “timely provision of capabilities” and that politicians provide the necessary resources.

With Brigadier General Thomas Seifert from the Multinational Command Operational Leadership in Ulm, an expert appeared who represented the operational, logistical and also maritime dimension of the Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC). more

In quick succession, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, Department Commander Maritime Operations, Rear Admiral Christian Bock, Commander Flotilla 2 and Captain (Navy), Eike Wetters, Executive Director of the COE / CSW (Center of excellence for operations in Confined and Shallow Waters) Kiel, represented the focal points of her work. The final in the days of large maneuver on the northern flank Trident Juncture was repeatedly cited as a success and forward-looking for multinational cooperation. more

The lively discussion moderated by Rear Admiral (retd.) Ulrich Otto shows the interest in the future challenges of maritime security policy. By summarizing the contents of the panels, Vice Admiral (retd.) Hans-Joachim Stricker, President of the DMI, completed the afternoon.

Finally, the Chief of the German Navy, Vice Admiral Krause, handed over the “Annual Report on the Maritime Dependence of the Federal Republic of Germany” of the Naval Command to Vice Admiral (retd.) Stricker.

Read the full report with in-depth content on the lectures in the magazine issue 1/2 – 2019 of the “MarineForum”.


German Text: Holger Schlüter

Fotos: Holger Schlüter/Hartmut Renzel