National Maritime Conference: Realistic picture of the industry


The largest political meeting of the maritime industry was once again held under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The VDMA was closely involved.

With an annual sales volume of around 50 billion euros, the maritime industry is one of the most important economic sectors in Germany. The National Maritime Conference under the patronage of Chancellor Angela Merkel is the largest meeting of the maritime industry and was broadcast live from Rostock on 10/11 May 2021. 

The conference traditionally provides important impulses towards politics and administration and involves the various maritime economic sectors - from shipping to marine technology, port management and civil and military shipbuilding to offshore wind energy. This year the conference was dominated by the election campaign, but from the VDMA's point of view it was able to paint a realistic overall picture of the industry, with its very diverse political dependencies, current challenges and fields of action. 

The VDMA was actively involved in various parts of the conference, especially in the specialist forums on shipbuilding and marine technology. Martin Johannsmann as Chairman of the VDMA - AG Marine Equipment and Systems represented the industry in the panel discussion on shipbuilding as a location. Other important active members of the VDMA honorary boards represented their business sectors with great commitment on other panels: Dr. Uwe Lauber, MAN Energy Solutions SE, Dr.-Ing. Ralf Starzmann, SCHOTTEL HYDRO GmbH, Andreas Schell, Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG and Dr. Dirk Jürgens, Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA.

As dramatic as the current situation at German shipyards was described, it also became clear again that shipbuilding in Germany has a future. This is particularly true for the adaptable supply industry, which focuses on the many future fields and growth markets of the sector, but at the same time is also dependent on open world markets.

The conference brochure contains the complete program and the corresponding position papers of the industry forums.

For further questions on the conference, the results and recommendations for action, please contact Dr. Jörg Mutschler (Tel.: +49 40 507 207-15, e-mail: and Mr. Hauke Schlegel.