Competence fields in Weser-Ems

Chances / risks

The maritime economy in the region faces major challenges, in particular against the background of increasingly intensified emission regulations, rising environmental requirements and the financial and economic crisis which still has impacts on the market. Against the background of overcapacities especially in the container shipping, restrictive ship financing and low freight rates the increase in competitive and innovative capability is a constant challenge in order to succeed in the face of worldwide competition. This directly affects the shipping business. Consequences result inevitably also for suppliers and maritime service providers in the region. In the shipbuilding industry the situation is indifferent. Due to competition from Eastern Asia regional shipyards in the classic shipbuilding industry have been under pressure for a long time and hardly exist anymore. Prospering niches, however, have developed in Weser-Ems within the special shipbuilding industry as well as cruise and yacht ship construction. 

Strong economic networks and innovation-oriented cooperation can be an element in order to meet these challenges or to prepare for future developments and requirements at an early stage. The already existing value added chains are to build a basis for further economic activities. There are additional chances in the further extension of cooperation structures and an even stronger positioning as maritime competence region. 

The maritime education and research institutions in the region also face permanent challenges. These particularly include the necessary education and “provision“ of qualified and junior employees for the regional maritime economy. In the field of research and development, above all, the universities face the challenge to further increase their efforts with regard to the demands and requirements of the regional economy.