New executive board elected

The new executive board of the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (from left to right): Hanns Christoph Saur, Christian Cammin, Max Stolzenburg, Dominik Eisenbeis, Knut Gerdes, Wolfgang-Dieter Glanz and Dirk Schümann - Copyright: Silke Heyer Photographie

The MCN has a new executive board. It was elected at the annual general meeting on 2 May 2018 in Bremen. The current executive board and the management reported on the activities of the past 12 months. At the subsequent MCN networking event, maritime start-ups presented their ideas and products.


One maritime cluster, 300 members

By rebuilding the ‘‘Peter Pan‘‘, the team of German Dry Docks is busy with a complicated ship building project. The former 190 meters long baltic sea ferry is ‘‘stretched‘‘  to nearly 220 meters by adding a 30 meters long centre piece. – © Photo: German Dry Docks AG

With the corporate alliance GDD Group from Bremerhaven, the MCN welcomes the 300th member in its maritime network. With six companies, the GDD Group offers services based around ships, engines and energy technology.


New MCN professional group Maritime Safety and Security

Work priorities for the new specialist group Maritime Safety and Security were chosen by the participants during the founding event. – © Photo: MCN e. V.

The Maritime Cluster Northern Germany founded the specialist group Maritime Safety and Security. One aim is to identify issues and future hot spots in the field of maritime safety and security as well as to initiate innovative projects. The specialist group supplements existing programmes and projects from other institutions and associations and aims to promote colloboration and cooperations between the individual stakeholders.


Founding of the specialist group Yacht and Boat Building

Dr. Susanne Neumann from the MCN regional office Lower Saxony, the new specialist group leader Fritz Schröder from CTM GmbH and Heino Schadwald from the MCN regional office Schleswig-Holstein. – © Photo: MCN e. V.

The MCN founded another working group. With the new specialist group Yacht and Boat Building the MCN provides a platform for the numerous and highly innovative actors in the yacht and boat building industry in Northern Germany, so they can develop innovative project ideas and discuss developments in the industry on a regular basis.


Premiere for the MEER KONTAKTE

The Ostseekai in Kiel was the venue for the MEER KONTAKTE. – © Photo: Frank Dudek

For the first time the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany organized the fair MEER KONTAKTE for the maritime industry. A total of 105 MCN member companies from all five Northern German federal states demonstrated on their stands how diverse and innovative the maritime industry is. In addition to the fair, the MEER KONTAKTE offered its visitors an interesting frame programme.


Annual General Meeting and Network Meeting: Looking back at nearly one year of acitivity as an association

At the Network Meeting of MCN e. V. – Photo: Julia Schwendner

Nearly six month have passed since the transnational project Maritime Cluster Northern Germany has been completely transformed into an association. A lot has happened since then. At the Annual General Meeting held on May 30, 2017 in Jork, the Executive Board and the Management reported on the activities of the cluster and the plans for 2018. The subsequent network meeting gave guests the opportunity to learn more about the current projects of the association and to get involved across the industry network.


1. Annual General Membership Meeting in Kiel

At the Annual General Membership Meeting of the MCN e. V. in Kiel

Some 120 voting members from five federal states came together at the first general membership meeting in Kiel on 5 December 2016 to set the further course to be taken by the Cluster, and exchange views and ideas. Apart from passing the resolutions on work scheduling and the financial plan for the coming year, the meeting also elected two auditors: Jutta Horstrup (Roever Broenner Susat Mazars GmbH & Co. KG) and Dr. Steffen Leicht (Lawentus Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB). From 1 January 2017, the Central Cluster Management will have its headquarters in Hamburg. In her capacity as CEO, Jessica Wegener will manage the affairs of the MCN e. V.


Registration of the MCN e. V. at the Registry Court

From left to right: CEO Jessica Wegener with the voluntary Executive Board: Frank Nicolai (Treasurer), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Watter (Hochschule Flensburg / First Chairman) and Heiko Landahl-Gette (German Naval Yards Holdings / Second Chairman).

The good ship "e. V." (registered association) gets up to full speed. On 24 August 2016, the newly founded association was registered at the Registry Court in Hamburg. Jessica Wegener became the acting managing director of the Maritime Cluster Norddeutschland e. V.


Founding of the MCN e. V.

The Executive Board of the MCN e. V. (from left to right:) Frank Nicolai (Treasurer, Hamburg), Stephan Piworus (Assessor, Hamburg), Ingelore Hering (former Assessor, Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Verkehr), Prof. Dr. Holger Watter (First Chairman, Fachhochschule Flensburg), Dr. Janou Hennig (Assessor, Hamburg Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GmbH), Heiko Landahl-Gette (Second Chairman, German Naval Yards Holdings, Rendsburg) and Axel Weihe (Assessor, Weihe GmbH, Altenholz). Photo: MCN/Public Address

There was great support at the inaugural meeting of the MCN e. V. on 21 April 2016 in Hamburg when 146 players from maritime science and industry came together with representatives of the five federal states to lay the cornerstone for the continuation of the MCN project which was set to expire at the end of 2016. From 1st January 2017, the project will become an independent association. The inaugural meeting elected Professor Dr.-Ing. Holger Watter of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences as its chairman.


New MCN website goes online

New MCN Website

Fresh design, improved functionality and greater user friendliness shape the face of the new MCN internet presence.


Two new MCN contact points in Northern Germany

Two new MCN contact points in Northern Germany

Two new MCN contact points have opened in Bremen and Rostock, this means that the MCN now has a presence across the whole of Northern Germany.


MCN is growing - five states - one cluster

The MCN is growing

In addition to Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bremen now also contribute to the Maritime Cluster. Five states – one Maritime Cluster!


MCN welcomes their 200th member

MCN welcomes the 200th member: It is the company Werum Software & Systems CIS AG and its incorporated into the Lower Saxony office of the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany in July 2014.


Advisory Board advises the MCN

The MCN is given an Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany is composed of entrepreneurs and representatives from research and science who consult the cluster in economic governance and strategic expert issues.


MCN launches into a new funding phase

The start of a new funding phase

For the continuation of the "Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (MCN)" for initial three further years, the Minister of Economic Affairs, Reinhard Meyer, handed over a grant approval of 400,000 Euros to the MCN project initiator, the company Wirtschaftsförderung- und Technologie-Transfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (WTSH).


MCN receives the Excellence Label in Bronze

Awarding of the Excellence Label in Bronze

The cluster participated in a cluster management benchmarking event of the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) and was awarded with the Cluster Management Excellence Label in Bronze for their performance.


Evaluation confirms that MCN is well on track

The evaluation found that in the relatively short time of its existence the MCN had undergone a highly positive development with a whole set of presentable results to show and the first positive effects in terms of improving the competitiveness of the industry.


MCN welcomes its 100th Member

During his visit to the Ships, Machinery and Marine Technology (SMM) international trade fair on 5 September, the Minister for Economics Reinhard Meyer welcomed the Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft mbh & Co.KG (FSG), the Flensburg-based shipbuilding firm, as the 100th company to join the MCN.


MCN – All Hands on Deck

The MCN starts its business

Apart from Kiel, the MCN also opens offices in Hamburg and Elsfleth and starts to gather speed with three regional offices in Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. In May the official inaugural event was held in the Maritime Museum in Hamburg with over 200 guests in attendance.


Three Federal States – one Maritime Cluster Northern Germany

The MCN becomes official

Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein decide on joint cluster management in the shape of the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (MCN).". The entity responsible for the project is the Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein (Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH) headquartered in Kiel.