Almost half a million jobs in Germany depend directly or indirectly on the shipping sector. It generates more than 30 billion euros in value added for Germany and Europe – including 1.2 billion euros in the form of taxes and social security contributions alone. The shipping industry is continuing to steadily grow worldwide – and Germany remains one of the world’s major shipping nations. Keeping it so will require the concerted efforts of all parties involved.
In order to continue to lead in a fierce global market, German shipping must be able to compete on an international level. Many nations are striving to boost their economic growth and to make themselves a more attractive location for shipping activities. They are seeking to attract direct investment from foreign shipping companies and highly skilled maritime professionals. Now more than ever, good training is a competitive factor for cutting-edge industries – and the “battle for the best minds” is also being fought in shipping.