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Trends in Container Shipping

Proceedings of the ISL Maritime Conference 2008- 9 th and 10 th of December, World Trade Center Bremen


Edited By Burkhard Lemper and Manfred Zachcial

In the tradition of the Liner Shipping Conferences in the eighties, the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics organised again a Maritime Conference in Bremen. The aim of the conference in December 2008 was to analyse and to forecast the trends and perspectives of the international container shipping market. The international shipping industry and the global container shipping market have recently seen some of the most successful years in history. Excellent employment and high charter rates initiated a very strong order boom, especially in the highest size classes of 8.000 TEU to 12.000 TEU vessels and beyond. This development of accelerated fleet expansion met a cooling down period in global economy as a consequence of the worldwide financial crisis. The implications for the international trade markets have also affected the shipping industry and the container shipping market. Against this background the main topics of the Maritime Conference 2008 were: World economy, trade and shipping; vessel size development and its implications; implications of market growth on ports and hinterland; financing and taxation aspects.


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1 Preface (Prof. Dr. Manfred Zachcial) 7


    1 Preface Prof. Dr. Manfred Zachcial, Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) Dear Guests, Speakers and Participants. Today, on this 9th December 2008, the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) starts a new series of Maritime Conferences and it is a great honor for my colleagues and me to welcome you to the first event “Trends in Container Shipping” here in the City of Bremen. The World Trade Center enables us to host about 200 conference participants from Germany and abroad and a number of distinguished speakers from Germany, Benelux, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In addition to the conference sessions, high-level representatives from the European Commission, the German Ministry of Transport and the Government of Bremen will provide several important highlights. The Maritime Conference 2008 will start with a salutation speech “Perspectives of Ports in Germany” by Mr. Detthold Aden. The following program is subdivided in 4 sessions: • World Economy, Trade and Shipping • Vessel Size Development • Implications of Shipping Markets on Ports and Hinterland • Financing and Taxation These four major sessions and their topics in detail are related to the present situation and the future development in the sector of container shipping. Among other aspects, world container shipping supply and demand constitute the scope of the conference. Tonight, the first conference day will be followed by a reception in Bremen’s famous historic town hall. In this context let me give thanks to the City of Bremen, which overtook the patronage for the...

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