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February 27, 2020

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Germany is still the fifth nation to ship World

Lost the primal record in the container sector in terms of fleet load capacity

Germany is still the fifth nation to ship 4.9% of the total commercial fleet, but has lost the primain the container ship industry having been China in terms of fleet load capacity. At the end of 2019, 2,140 ships totaling 52.8 billion gross size. "It's a "It's a good thing," said the association's president. German owner VDR, Alfred Hartmann, presenting the most recent data on fleet size - of 184 fewer ships, 4.7 million tonnes of gross size less than a year earlier, but still much more than before global maritime transport boom 20 years ago."

Regarding the loss of global dominance in the segment container carriers, a sector in which Germany is still first in terms of the number of ships but not the number of ships in terms of capacity fleet, Hartmann specified that "it was predictably enough that China would overtake us: on the one hand - he explained - today container carriers are built much larger, and on the other, this was to be put in following the long crisis after 2009."

As for the prospects for the German shipping industry, Hartmann specified that currently most industry companies has a perception at least cautiously optimistic about the future. However, remembering that companies German shipowners have faced immense challenges return to record profits, which are still very variable and Verband Chief Executive Deutscher Reeder, But Ralf Nagel warned that "this, in In particular, it is the reason why Germany cannot afford to impose new taxes on its companies navigation that are abnormal burdens that do not exist anywhere of the world, as in the case of insurance taxes on payments premiums for ship insurance policies. This - he denounced Hartmann -- it's particularly disastrous because German shipping companies are currently developing in the field of ship management services, which is far from that of traditional property."

Nagel pointed out that, not only tax relief for navigation currently granted in Germany remain in place to safeguard the competitiveness of the German shipping, but further adjustments and expansions of measures. In particular, Nagel related to the shipping industry that operates in service offshore industry: "We propose - he explained - that the tax relief of the tonnage tax already applied in Denmark, The Netherlands and Norway are also expected to extend to offshore businesses. The company German shipping - he recalled - are becoming more and more committing to create offshore wind farms and to transport material and qualified personnel for operation maintenance of facilities."

The VDR announced that at the end of 2019 the German fleet was 8,265 seafarers, a drop of -4.1% on the previous year. 31 December 2018, including 5,554 seafarers of nationality Germany (-3.5%) 2,711 foreign seafarers (-5.3%).




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