Maritime sustainability: industry, technology and ecology

Maritime Conference 2016 organised by the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics

On 25 October, the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) continued its ISL Maritime Conference series of events. The theme of the 2016 conference was “Maritime sustainability: business, technology and ecology”. The venue chosen was Schuppen 2 in the Überseestadt district of Bremen. The focus of the speakers, who came from industry, science and politics, was on sustainability in the maritime economy and the development of shipping markets, ports and the hinterland. Approximately 120 participants gained an insight into various aspects of maritime innovations and challenges and engaged in discussions, some of which were very detailed, with the speakers.

A new feature of this year’s ISL Conference was the collaboration with the Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and the Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland (MCN). Both institutions provided support in organising the sessions and attracting the expert speakers.

Even if the shipping crisis, which had persisted with brief interruptions for eight years since 2008 was still ongoing, the 2016 conference did not focus solely on the economic crisis but instead concentrated also on the challenges that arose from the framework conditions in shipping. While an ISL event could of course not avoid a brief glance at the situation and the prospects for the various maritime sectors, the three main sessions concentrated on: “Current challenges and trends in maritime, intermodal transport chains”, “Maritime transport in the spotlight of international marine policy” and “Technology and innovations in maritime transport”.

Against this backdrop, Prof. Dr Frank Arendt, ISL’s Scientific Manager, opened the Maritime Conference 2016 so that important topics and trends in the maritime industry could be discussed with knowledgeable industry experts. Following introductory remarks by Mr Jörg Peters, representing the Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, and Ms Jessica Wegener from the Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland, Prof. Dr Burkhard Lemper provided an overview of the situation and prospects in some important maritime sectors.

In the first session, moderated by Prof. Dr Thomas Pawlik from the University of Bremen, Mr Lutz Birke from the Hamburg Port Authority reported on the “effects of the mega-carrier on ports and the hinterland”. Mr Hubert Hoffman from MSC Germany addressed the digital challenges and opportunities for shipping in a presentation entitled “Logistics 4.0 – looking on or taking part?” Dr Sönke Maatsch and Mr Arne Gelhaar, both from ISL, spoke about the “Opportunities to simulate intermodal transport chains using the example of ISL’s Cargo Traffic Simulation Tool”, citing a number of project examples. Dr Peter Schütte opened the second session, which was moderated by Dr Iven Krämer (SWAH), with an overview of “The effect of the EU Water Framework Directive on shipping waterways and port planning”. Mr Jens Fischer from the Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany, BSH) then made a presentation entitled “Sound as a key parameter in the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the potential effects on shipping”. Mr Christian Bubenzer from the Berufsgenossenschaft Verkehrswirtschaft, Post-Logistik, Telekommunikation (Occupational Accident Insurance Fund for Transport, Postal Logistics and Telecommunications) explained “The international Maritime Labour Convention – new standards for maritime transport”. The third session, moderated by Mr Andreas Born (MCN), began with a presentation by Mr Lars Nickel, NAPA Central Europe, on the subject of the “Intelligent use of data for optimising the efficiency of new ship builds”. He was followed by Mr Rolf Rohden from Innoven Bremerhaven who spoke about the “Aerodynamic and hydrodynamic optimisation potential of ships”. Dr Gerd Eiden from LUX-SPACE SARL delivered the final presentation, which was entitled “Big data in shipping – static analyses with historical AIS data”.

Approximately 120 participants from industry, politics and research attended the conference, showing the industry’s lively interest in an analytical examination of the current situation in the shipping and logistics markets and the need to discuss potential future developments in the maritime economy. The next ISL Maritime Conference is planned for autumn 2018.

Conference Profile:

Conference Title:
ISL Maritime Conference 2016
Maritime sustainability: industry, technology and ecology

Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL), Universitätsallee 11–13, 28359 Bremen

Date: 25 October 2016

Venue: Schuppen 2, Hoerneckestraße 23, 28217 Bremen

Contact: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Lemper, Tel. +49 421 220 96-63, Katja Zedel, Tel. +49 421 220 96-21,


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