The maritime site in Northern Germany - active across state boundaries

The container ship fleet controlled by German shipowners still is the largest one in the world.

Shipbuilding and marine engineering are at the heart of the maritime economy. It encompasses all industrial production processes and associated services that generate added value related to the utilisation of seas and inland waters. The maritime industry is made up of shipyards, system providers, component manufacturers, facilities and accessories as well as technological and business service companies. The overall industry consists of approximately 2,800 companies with 80,000 predominantly high-tech jobs, whose annual turnover is estimated to be at least 18 billion euros.

In the area of marine technology, priority is given to topics of materials handling technology for the supply of energy and raw materials sourced from the sea. In 2014, a total of 282 individual projects were in progress, amounting to a funding volume of 138 million euros.

Maritime training: 
By the end of 2014, 208 new training contracts had been concluded with 46 shipping companies (year before: 170 jobs).

Turnover ratio: 
The five Northern German states, which are all united in the maritime cluster, have a total turnover of 43 percent.

(Source: Jahresbericht der Marine 2015 zur Bedeutung der Maritimen Wirtschaft)

Many of the maritime industries and scientific institutions focus their activities in Northern Germany forming an important economic cluster across a variety of networks. The states of Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein support this cross-state cluster formation through the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (MCN).

This unique platform has been in existence since 2011, coordinating state interests in cluster development, and serving as a moderator of the interfaces between the sectors of the maritime industry and neighbouring technological fields. As MCN members and partners, companies are able to benefit from long-term cooperation between the public sector, the economy and science and make use of a vast cooperation network to drive innovations forward.

In addition to cross-state activities, MCN also supports state-specific key issues thanks to its regional offices.

The Northern German states administer their special political responsibility for the major players in the maritime industry in a variety of ways. Regular meetings of the Ministers for Economic Affairs, Transport and Scientific Affairs of the Northern German states provide for a coordinated approach in the relevant policy areas.

In addition, the coastal states engage in the implementation of the German government’s Maritime Technologies National Master Plan and participate in the organisation of the National Maritime Conference every two years.

To find out who your contacts in our branch offices are, please click here.

For more information on the priorities and activities of the federal states in the maritime economy, please see the following links:

Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
Die Senatorin für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Europa der Freien Hansestadt Bremen (Senator of Bremen)
MCN's Regional Office Bremen

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Maritime economy in the Hamburg metropolitan region

Mecklenburg Western Pomerania
Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Gesundheit Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Ministry of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania)

Lower Saxony
Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit, Verkehr und Digitalisierung (Ministry of Lower Saxony)

Maritime Economy Schleswig-Holstein
Maritime politics Schleswig-Holstein