New executive board elected
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.
New MCN professional group Maritime Safety and Security
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
MCN launches into 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).
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
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
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.