Around 146 representatives of science and commerce, and the states of Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein met Thursday to found the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (MCN e.V.). in Hamburg. New statutes were adopted in the International Maritime Museum and the Board of Management was elected to mark the continuation of the hitherto limited MCN project as an association from January 1, 2017.
Maritime sector crucial for north German states
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Watter, President of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, was elected chairman and Heiko Landahl-Gette, German Naval Yards Holding; Rendsburg became deputy chairman with Frank Nicolai (Hamburg) as treasurer.
Speaking on behalf of the states at the inaugural meeting, Senator Frank Horch said in his welcoming address: “The special importance of the maritime sector for all the north German states still requires close co-operation in several maritime issues.”
Networking in the maritime industry
MCN e.V. aims to boost the strength and international competitiveness of people in the north German maritime sector through networking, supporting the transfer of technology and knowledge as well as launching innovative projects. This means MCN e.V. would complement existing maritime, commercial associations.
The main tasks will be networking, organising professional events and groups as well as initiating and accompanying projects by including economics, science as well as research and academic institutions.
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