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(5.1.2018) The new tables of pilotage dues for all German sea pilotage districts are available under:

www.wsd-nord.wsv.de/Schiff-WaStr/Schifffahrt/Lotswesen/Lotstarifordnungen/index.html

(4.12.2017) The Ballast Water Convention is in force as of 8 september 2017 and is applicable to all ships, which are carrying ballastwater. These ship need to have a certificate, an approved management plan and a ballastwater record book on board.

The purpose of the Convention is to prevent the introduction of alien or new species in the aquatic environment. These species are being carried on board of sea-going vessels in the ballastwater and may be harmful to the aquatic environment. Ships will have to treat their ballastwater or will have to prevent in another way the transport of species.

For further details, please contact your local association or have a look on www.deutsche-flagge.de

Press Releases

On March 9th, 1918, in the middle of the 1st World War the remaining shipbrokers in Altona, Bremen, Danzig, Hamburg, Königsberg, Lübeck, Stettin and Wismar combined their activites to gain influence with the then German Imperial Government and founded the German Ship Brokers' Association. This was the foundation for the nearly 100 year history of the Association. Even though the profession as a shipbroker is by far older and has been part of the maritime industry already for centuries, with the foundation of the German Ship Broker's Association a confederation on a national was established that is still active next to all the regional confederations.

In the past 100 years many changes took place in the different fields of the profession. Wars, economic crises and local protectionism marred foreign trade and traditional markets were lost. Two times the local shipbrokers started anew after lost wars. Technical innovations revolutionized the job and the international communication. Letters and later the telephone were for years the standard in communication. Now second-by-second electronic data transfer is the new normal.

In spite of all the changes and challenges over the past 100 years, one should not forget that ships and the shipping industry will be part of logistics for years to come and therefore the profession as a shipbroker will survive as long as it will master the future challenges such as the digitalisation with as much bravura as the ones before.

The main purpose of the ZVDS is to promote the joint professional interests of German ship brokers and ship agents, without imposing any restrictions or supervision on the economic freedom of the individual companies. The ZVDS handles all concerns of the business that are of a general nature, representing the interests of all its member companies. This work includes relations with the authorities and other national associations and institutions. The ZVDS provides advisory services and represents the interests of ship brokers and ship agents vis-á-vis the Federal German authorities, institutions and professional associations.

To celebrate the 100 anniversary of the German Ship Brokers' Association there will be a reception in connection with the general meeting for members and guests on the 18th April 2018.

(03.01.2018) The competent federal authorities reminded ship owners, operators, masters and persons-in-charge that the annouced speed limit system governing the speed of vessels on the river Elbe would come into operation on January 2, 2018. There will be speed controls from January 2, 2018 (trial phase). Violations will be punished from April 1, 2018. The speed limits are imposed to avoid negative impacts on the environment. For further information please contact your local agent.