Shipowners Forum Hamburg 2017

Roads to Recovery

“How will German shipowners and the Hamburg shipping scene emerge from today’s harsh financial challenges? How will the skills and experience developed over generations be put to use as markets look to rebuild? These key questions and many more will be in the forefront as TradeWinds brings its Shipowners’ Forum to Hamburg in October, and again to SMM next September.”

Julian Bray, Editor in Chief

TradeWinds invites you to join the Shipowners Forum Hamburg on 12 October 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten.

Evolution is happening in Hamburg as globalisation and overcapacity in the liner trades force the pace of change. Having developed a highly accomplished and prosperous cluster, Hamburg’s shipping scions are coming to terms with long-term market malaise and, arguably, an out-of-date and broken fee-based business model. Ongoing consolidation among liner operators continues as control of entire fleets shifts away from Germany’s maritime capital and chartering power lies in fewer and fewer hands. Taxpayers are shoring up German banks, which are in turn writing off millions of dollars of shipping debt. Will Hamburg, as some believe, lose its status as a centre of deal origination and become a reduced maritime centre with isolated pockets of excellence?

TradeWinds Shipowners Forum will lift the lid on Hamburg’s challenges and explore how its tonnage providers, operators, banks and brokers are adapting to the new reality. Drawing on expertise from inside and outside Hamburg, the forum will tackle a wide range of topics at the heart of the Hanseatic city’s future prosperity and uncover the opportunities arising.

Based on the successful Shipowners Forum in Athens and further developed in Hong Kong and Dubai, the event comprises a series of lively discussion panels and high-level networking social functions.

Confirmed panellists include:

Christoph Geck-Schlich, Managing Director, CPO Investments
Nicolaus Bunnemann, Managing Director, Atlantic Lloyd
Christoph E. Toepfer, Founding Partner and CEO (Principal), Borealis Maritime
Jens Mahnke, Chief Executive Officer, Ernst Russ
Anthony J. Firmin, Chief Operating Officer, Hapag-Lloyd
John Freydag,Managing Director Container & Bulk Chartering, Bernhard Schulte
George Hulse, Managing Director, Howe Robinson Partners
Ingmar Loges, Managing Director, Shipping Finance Western Hemisphere, DVB Bank
Philipp Wünschmann, Head of Shipping, Corporate Banking / International Shipping Department, BERENBERG
Nils Aden, Chief Executive Officer, E.R. Schiffahrt
Capt. Stefan Bülow, Managing Director, HBC Hamburg Bulk Carriers
BIMCO, Chairman of the Marine Committee, Board of Directors/Executive Committee member
Peter Eckhardt, Managing Director, Martini Chartering
Albrecht Grell,
Executive Vice President, DNV GL

The value of participation is greatly enhanced through the use of – interactive software on your phone enabling you to post questions and comments to the moderator in real time, in your own name or anonymously.

Attendance for shipowners is by invitation with a strictly limited number of places for non-shipowning companies. If you would like to reserve one of these places please contact without delay.


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12 October 2017


Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg

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For programming, please contact

Jon Chaplin


+44 20 7645 2312

For sponsorship, please contact

Gregory Whitehead

Head of Portfolio Sales

+ 44 20 7645 2311