Parliamentary State Secretary and Coordinator for Maritime Affairs Uwe Beckmeyer invited key stakeholders from the maritime industry to the 10th National Maritime Conference on 4 April 2017. In his opening speech, Mr Beckmeyer stated that as digitisation takes hold, maritime production and services processes were becoming ever more interconnected.
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Apart from Federal Minister Zypries (2nd from right), State Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer (left) and the First Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz (2nd from left), Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt (right) took part in the conference.
The First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Olaf Scholz as he welcomed the participants to the conference. The conference was held in the port city of Hamburg.
Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Brigitte Zypries highlighted the role that the maritime industry has, saying that it was a key sector for an export-oriented country such as Germany. She continued by saying that it was important to ensure that the German maritime industry continued to lead on technology and remained competitive at a global level.
The conference, which is held under the patronage of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, brought together more than 740 stakeholders from the business sector, trade unions, academia, research, as well as politics and the administration. This year’s conference took a very close look at digitisation within the maritime industry.
The panellists were (from left to right): Colin Au (Group President and Founding President of Genting Hong Kong Limited and Director of MV Werften Germany), Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (CEO of DNV GL), Ryan Petersen (CEO of Flexport), Conny Czymoch (moderator), Dr Martin Stopford (Clarksons Research Institute), Yasuo Tanaka (Senior Managing Corporate Officer at NYK LINE).
The 10th National Maritime Conference also saw the signing of a joint declaration on digitisation within the maritime industry.
The position paper was signed not only by the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy but also by Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt and the chairpersons and representatives of the business associations and trade unions.
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was the patron for the event, also gave a speech.
Panel II: The panellists were (from left to right): Holger Apel (KfW-IPEX Bank), Dirk Güsewell (EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG), Rolf Habben Jansen (Hapag-Lloyd AG), Georg Ehrmann (Maritime LNG Plattform e.V., moderator), Dr Uwe Lauber (Chairman of the board at MAN Diesel & Turbo SE), Tim Meyer (MEYER WERFT GmbH), Angela Titzrath (Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG)
Panel III (from left to right): Dr Valerie Wilms (Green Party), Enak Ferlemann (Parlamentary State Secretary Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure), Uwe Beckmeyer (Parliamentary State Secretary Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), Georg Ehrmann (Maritime LNG Plattform e.V., moderator), Frank Horch (Senator responsible for Economy, Transport and Innovation Hamburg), Herbert Behrens (Left Party), Johannes Kahrs (Social Democrat), Rüdiger Kruse (Christian Democrat)
Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Olaf Scholz, Secretary-General of the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) Dr Kitack Lim, Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, and Parliamentary State Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer (from left to right)
Mayor of Emden Bernd Bornemann, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Wilhelmshaven Andreas Wagner, Mayor of Lübeck Bernd Saxe, and Parliamentary State Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer (from left to right).
Minister Zypries: Digitisation at the top of the agenda of the 10th National Maritime Conference