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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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2 Salutation – Perspectives of Ports in Germany (Detthold Aden) 9


2 Salutation – Perspectives of Ports in Germany Detthold Aden, BLG Logistics Group The worldwide financial crisis and associated economic weaknesses in important industrial nations have also left their mark on maritime logistics. We expect a temporary growth slump in the handling of cargo in the German sea ports. This is already noticeable this year in container shipment in Hamburg due to Asia’s high percentage of the cargo volume. Bremen has still recorded double-digit growth in container shipment for 2008, but even on the Weser, we cannot expect growth in 2009. This year, the German seaports will again achieve a new record result, and the above-average growth driver was once again container shipment. The total cargo handling at our seaports is expected to increase by three percent to 321.5 million tonnes this year. However, we expect lower growth in 2009. But this does not mean that the growth course will be consistently affected in the mid and long-term. For 2025, the new sea transportation forecast predicts a growth at our ports of more than double, to some 760 million tonnes. The German port industry is thus faced with major challenges despite the current economic haziness. So it is very important that the federal transport minister’s master plan for cargo transportation and logistics takes into account the growth of the German seaports. Even though growth is temporarily lower, the development of the hinterland connections of the German seaports is urgently necessary. The German seaports already realised the cargo handling predictions for 2015...

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