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As the sixth largest merchant fleet in the world, the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) represents German maritime shipping in Berlin,...

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Shipping in numbers

  • 90 percent

    of global trade is transported by sea: without shipping there would be virtually no exchange of goods in the world

  • Only just over two percent

    shipping accounts for just over two percent of global CO2 emissions. And while maritime trade continues to grow, emissions are declining

  • 1,917 ships

    belong to the German merchant fleet - making it the sixth largest in the world

  • 45.6 percent

    Almost half of the ships in the German fleet sail under the flag of an EU member state

  • More than 600

    young people start training on land or on board in the German shipping industry every year

  • 2nd place

    in container shipping: Germany has the second-largest fleet of container ships after China

  • 80 percent

    of German shipping companies have fewer than ten ships – most are small and medium-sized enterprises, closely rooted in their region

  • More than 100

    shipping companies exist in Lower Saxony alone – the largest location in Germany. This is followed immediately by Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Bremen

  • By at least 50 percent

    Shipping aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 50 percent by the middle of the century compared to 2008 – this will require new fuels

Press & Publications

The VDR offers you numerous graphics and data material from the areas of labor and value creation, the German merchant fleet, shipping...
The award-winning association magazine "Deutsche Seeschifffahrt" is published 4 times a year. The most important topics of...