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and prosperous cluster, Hamburg’s shipping scions are coming to terms with long-term market malaise and, arguably, an out-of-date and broken fee-based business model.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.


  • Christoph Geck-Schlich

    Christoph Geck-Schlich

    Managing Director

    CPO Investments

  • Nicolaus Bunnemann

    Nicolaus Bunnemann

    Managing Director

    Atlantic Lloyd

  • Christoph E. Toepfer

    Christoph E. Toepfer

    Founding Partner and CEO (Principal)

    Borealis Maritime

  • Jens Mahnke

    Jens Mahnke

    Chief Executive Officer

    Ernst Russ

  • Anthony J. Firmin

    Anthony J. Firmin

    Chief Operating Officer


  • John Freydag

    John Freydag

    MD Container & Bulk Chartering

    Bernhard Schulte

  • George Hulse

    George Hulse

    Managing Director

    Howe Robinson Partners

  • Ingmar Loges

    Ingmar Loges

    MD Shipping Fiance Western Hemisphere

    DVB Bank

  • Philipp Wünschmann

    Philipp Wünschmann

    Head of Shipping


  • Nils Aden

    Nils Aden

    Chief Executive Officer

    E.R. Schiffahrt

  • Stefan Bülow

    Stefan Bülow

    Managing Director

    HBC Hamburg Bulk Carriers

  • Peter Eckhardt

    Peter Eckhardt

    Managing Director

    Martini Chartering

  • Albrecht Grell

    Albrecht Grell

    Executive Vice President

    DNV GL

  • Bernd Aufderheide

    Bernd Aufderheide

    President & CEO

    Hamburg Messe und Congress

    Bernd Aufderheide has been CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) since January 2004. He was appointed President of HMC in April 2007. He was born in Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia, on 15 April 1959, is married and has one son.

    Alongside his work for HMC, Bernd Aufderheide is also an honorary Commercial Judge in Hamburg, holds the rank of Frigate Commander in the Navy Reserve, and serves on the Executive Committee of half a dozen professional associations, societies and organisations. In his leisure time he enjoys cooking for friends and family. He takes a keen interest in music and literature. He enjoys going with his family on excursions and holidays abroad.

    Before his appointment as CEO at HMC, Bernd Aufderheide took a degree at the University of Cologne in Anglo-American History, English Philology, Ancient History and Macro-Economics. He then held management positions at various trade fair companies in Germany and abroad.

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12 October 2017


Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg

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