The Germany Branch of the Institute was founded in February 1996.
Since then it has grown from 11 founding members to presently about
160, making it one of the largest branches within the Institute.
Every year a considerable number of students pass the ICS exams in
Hamburg - most of them having prepared for these by visiting the
courses offered by the Hamburg School of Shipping and
Transportation - and go on to join the Branch.
Between 200 and 300 shipbrokers pass the German professional
qualification annually and an average of 20 to 25 go on to study
with the ICS to gain further qualifications and become a member of
In 2009, Germany Branch Fellow Karl Ludwig Franz (first Vice
Chairman of the Germany Branch) was appointed as the Institute's
international Chairman - the first one ever from overseas. This
underlines the status of the Branch within the organisation.
Most Members and Fellows of the Germany Branch live and work in
Hamburg or Bremen but there are as well Members in other North
German ports, further afield in Germany, in neighbouring European
countries and even overseas.
Members of the Germany Branch are mainly brokers, but other
areas from the maritime industry such as agency, shipowning, ship
financing and liner shipping are represented too, as well as
adjusters, flag states and class societies.
Who is who in 2018-2019
|Chairman German Branch
||Hauke Pane FICS
The Institute Of Chartered Shipbrokers (German
c/o Sabine Etheridge
Berliner Platz 1
+49 40 / 380 881-300 (Chairman)
T: +49 4141 / 412296 (Secretary)