Maritime Management, Nautics

Maritimes, Seefahrt, Segelboot
Maritimes, Seefahrt, Schiffsführungssimulator

"In recent years, the maritime shipping industry has increasingly been driven by globalisation. Global trade has increased even more than the global economy. Container transport, an important factor at our university location, has in turn expanded faster than world trade. That’s not likely to change in the future”, says Michael Behrendt, Chairman of the Association of German Shipping Lines (Verband Deutscher Reeder (VDR)). 
The maritime sector in Germany has broken one record after another, with its merchant shipping fleet growing ever faster. Today, it’s the third-largest in the world. The fleet of container ships alone is by far the world’s biggest. All this means the industry could be very satisfied – if it wasn’t for one problem. 

There’s a drastic shortage of qualified personnel in the German maritime industry. The Annual Report of the VDR states: "The demand for captains remains extremely high. Right now, there are 27 vacancies for captains (Certificate without Restriction), but only 53 applicants. It’s even more dramatic when it comes to ship’s engineers. For each registered technical shipping officer, there are more than four vacancies." These are extremely convincing reasons for studying Nautical Science in Elsfleth.

In times of booming ports, there’s a high demand not only for shipping personnel, but also for the logistics specialists who graduate from our International Transport Management course. Without logistics, a modern national economy couldn’t grow – it couldn’t even survive. Every year, this branch of industry grows by around six percent, and needs 12,000 qualified employees per year. Put simply: job prospects are fantastic. That’s the conclusion of a market analysis by TU Berlin University and the German Logistics Association (Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL)).

To sum up: the significance of ships as a means of transport is growing. Proof of this is also provided on the doorstep of the University itself in Wilhelmshaven, where the JadeWeserPort is currently under construction. That’s why lots of companies and port operators need qualified people with expertise in the economic and technical specifics of port management. The Elsfleth campus is the only place in Germany that trains these specialists. The course is called Maritime Economics and Port Management, and it’s not only shipping lines and port companies that hire our graduates. Global players such as Volkswagen, Ford or Tchibo are also interested in our MEPM students.

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