MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
October 15, 2020
Series of talks on the challenges and future of the maritime economy
The maritime economy is particularly suffering from the consequences of the pandemic. The industry is facing the challenge of finding sustainable and climate-friendly solutions for international shipping. At the same time, international price and competitive pressure are increasing. The commissioner for the maritime economy of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Rüdiger Kruse, spoke about this in three technical discussions with colleagues and experts from all over Germany.
One thing became very clear during this series of discussions: the maritime economy is not just an issue for the coastal region. “It interests us as a national economy as a whole,” said the deputy parliamentary group leader Nadine Schön. The current geopolitical changes in particular show that shipbuilding is one of the key technologies and is essential for a sovereign Germany. Alfred Hartmann from the Shipowners’ Association also emphasized the importance of this industry: “Germany is home to the world’s fifth largest merchant fleet. We will do everything we can to keep it that way. “
Industry faces major challenges
Friedrich Lürßen from Lürssen Maritime Beteiligungen GmbH & Co. KG explained the challenges facing the shipbuilding industry: The entire industry is equally affected by the market turbulence. We have to ask ourselves, where do we stand and where do we want to be. ”The international price and competitive pressure and different framework conditions, especially when it comes to exports, pose great challenges for the maritime industry. Longer-term budget estimates and faster award procedures would noticeably increase planning security for the industry. This was also confirmed by Harald Fassmer, President of the Association for Shipbuilding and Marine Technology (VSM).
Course towards sustainability
But sustainability issues are also playing an increasingly important role in this branch of industry. Marie-Luise Dött, environmental policy spokeswoman for the Union parliamentary group, formulated the basic claim: “In the maritime economy, it is particularly important to act with economic expertise when solving ecological challenges and to keep an eye on social security.” About 90 percent of the worldwide movement of goods is carried out by sea, and exports are of enormous importance for Germany, German policy should be particularly involved. A statement that many business professionals welcome. Daniel Chatterjee from MTU-Friedrichshafen emphasized that shipping has long been heading towards sustainability. But here, too, the business representatives demanded clear framework conditions that companies can use as a guide.
The commissioner for the maritime economy, Rüdiger Kruse, once again underlined the importance of the maritime economy in the work of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. And this commitment will not let up. That is why it is so important to use the technical discussions for direct exchange with the industry.
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