Expert from Germany Lectures on Port Management

On 8 January, the World Maritime University (WMU) welcomed Dr. Iven Krämer, from the Ministry for Economy, Ports, and Transformation of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, to deliver a four-day, special lecture for students in the Port Management and Shipping Management & Logistics specializations. This is the fourth consecutive year that Dr. Krämer has offered WMU students a unique perspective into the world of port operations as part of the Introduction to Maritime Business and Management course.

With over two decades of experience in port authority roles, Dr. Krämer, as the Head of Port and Logistics, is instrumental in shaping the port infrastructure and logistics business in Bremen, Germany. His lectures delved into the vital role of ports in modern society and the evolving challenges faced by the global port industry. Through presenting various port management models and the fundamentals of port operations, Dr. Krämer provided the students with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies and contemporary issues prevalent in the port sector.

Dr. Iven Krämer commented on his visit to WMU saying: “The ports and their development are always a reflection of global social and economic developments and perspectives. In this respect, the lecture at the start of 2024 focused particularly on the topics and aspects of sustainable ports and the perspective of CO2 neutrality. In addition, the trends towards automation, digitalization and finally autonomous ports and shipping services were once again discussed using many examples in the world's ports and the need for innovative solutions and projects not just in ports but in the overall supply-chain was underlined. The students were very active so it has been a pleasure to share thoughts and insights with the WMU-students from the highly motivated class of 2024.”

WMU welcomes over 100 Visiting Lecturers annually, from around the world, who contribute their expertise to enrich the education of WMU students. The Malmö MSc in Maritime Affairs is a 14-month programme with seven specializations: Maritime Education & Training; Maritime Energy Management; Maritime Law & Policy; Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration; Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management; Port Management, and Shipping Management & Logistics. Foundation studies are taught in the first term and cover the introductory knowledge that is fundamental to all activities in the maritime field. Three successive terms focus on specialization studies and a dissertation. 

Germany has been a long-standing supporter of WMU and Dr. Krämer is an active member of the association “Friends of WMU Germany”, which was founded in Hamburg on February 5, 2020. The aim of the association is to support WMU, including contributing the expertise of its members to further enhance the education offered at the University.

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