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(28.6.2021) Free vaccinations in Germany is possible for foreign seafarer. As long as Public Health Germany is allowed to share vaccines (at least until September) these schemes are valid. Hamburg, Kiel and Bremen and Bremerhaven all use Johnson and Johnson.

In Hamburg, please contact info[at]schiffsmakler.de for vaccination of merchant mariners, the association of ship brokers are coordinating this. Port Health have direct contact with cruise liners.

In Kiel: Every person (nationality, flag etc.) from the merchant marine can visit the Kiel port Vaccination Center, Schwedenkai 1. The center is situated in the harbour. It is open to the public from Monday -Friday ,9 to 6, every day.

Cruise Lines companies are contacted by the port authority for special arrangements (local government provides vaccines). Bremen: Contact port-health-doc[at]lmtvet.bremen.de

(27.11.2020) We are pleased and delighted  to inform you that the Kiel Canal dues will remain suspended beyond 2020 until 31.12.2021.

This further suspension has been mainly achieved by the relentless work and support of the Initiative Kiel-Canal e.V. and the German Shipbrokers’ Association. The suspension of traffic dues is a very important step in restoring the competitiveness of the Kiel Canal.

The Kiel Canal is Corona free!  Hygiene and distance rules are taken very seriously at the Kiel Canal. The result is convincing: Without a single COVID-19 case within the pilots, helmsmen and agents at the Kiel Canal, the Kiel Canal is the safest and most cost efficient shortcut into the Baltic Sea and vice versa.

HAPPY EISBEIN!!

Through the cooperation with our sponsor Burmester&Vogel, we were able to produce this short documentary about the history of our EISBEINESSEN. Many thanks to our friends and partners from Brazil, Canada, Sweden, the USA and BIMCO, FONASBA, TRADEWINDS and WISTA, Digital Hub for Logistics and Hamburg Hafen Marketing for participating in this special project!

Hope to see you all at the EISBEIN 2021!



(29.7.2020) Please note that as expected, the organisers of Breakbulk Europe have officially announced the cancellation of the event for 2020. The next Breakbulk Europe will be held in Bremen on 18th to 20th May 2021. Further information can be found on the Breakbulk website at: www.europe.breakbulk.com/Articles/breakbulk-europe-2020-cancelled

(2.7.2020) We are glad to inform you that due to the successful efforts of the German Shipbrokers` Association and the “Initiative Kiel-Canal” the government agreed to suspend the Kiel-Canal dues until 31.12.2020. Since the regulation will only become effective upon publication in the official Federal Gazette, we expect this to happen in the course of next week.

This will result in a reduction of Kiel-Canal transit expenses by approximately 20 to25%

We will inform you immediately upon receipt of the effective date.

 

(3rd June 2020) Despite the recent partial easing of the measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, as at today we still cannot be confident when life and business will fully return to normal.

Having waited as long as we can in the hope that the restrictions would come to an end, and after careful consideration, the board of the Hamburg and Bremen Shipbrokers Association regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2020 EISBEINESSEN Dinner, planned for 6th November.

The potential health risks, including the likelihood of a second wave of infections, combined with the possibility of restricted flights and unclear legal regulations for events involving hundreds of participants from around the world, including social distancing and a ban on alcohol, make planning and holding such an event almost impossible. As you will appreciate, cancelling the event has been a very difficult decision for us to take as we were very much looking welcoming you all again this year, but we trust you will appreciate the reasons behind our decision.

Although very disappointed to be cancelling this year’s event, we are looking forward to welcoming you back to EISBEINESSEN 73, which will be held in the newly refurbished CCH conference centre on 5th November 2021. We very much hope that you will be able to participate and hope to see you there!

 

(21.02.2020) The previously announced changes to the composition of the New ConTex Index have now taken effect.

Due to the fact that most of the fixtures are concluded shorter than 12 months, the index shall include short periods only.

Therefore the New ConTex will be based in the future on assessments of charter rates of six selected container ship types: 1,100 teu and 1,700 teu (with a charter period of 6 months) and 2,500, 2700, 3,500 and 4,250 TEU (all with a charter period of 12 months).

Apart from this, the panel brokers of the New ConTex decided to expand the Index environment by adding two further types: 5,700 and 6,500 teu.

(18.02.2020) Due to technical problems we are still not able to publish the new structure of the index on our webpage.

We kindly ask for your patience and hope, we can fix the bug until next Tuesday.

(27.01.2020) Starting on February 15th, 2020 the VHBS will publish a reviewed New ConTex. Due to the fact that most of the fixtures are concluded shorter than 12 months, the index shall include short periods only. As from the effective date the New ConTex will be based on assessments of charter rates of six selected container ship types 1,100 TEU and Type 1,700 TEU (with a charter period of 6 months) and the Types 2,500, 2700, 3,500 and 4,250 TEU (all with a charter period of 12 months).

Nevertheless, following assessments will be published as additional information: Types 1,100 and 1,700 TEU (both 12 months) and the Types 2,500, 2700, 3,500 and 4,250 TEU (all with a charter period of 24 months). The data will not be part of the index calculation.

Apart from this, the panel brokers of the New ConTex decided to expand the Index environment by adding two further types, 5,700 and 6,500 teu. These data will be published as additional information.  The panel brokers believe that these types represent each in itself important segments of the market and their addition to the index will broaden the overall coverage of the Index and thus opening the New ConTex as a tool to a larger number of owners, charterers and brokers.

The new types will be evaluated on a fixture period of 12 months. A trial period has shown that there is sufficient fixture activity. 

The purpose of this wider coverage is to give an even more accurate picture of market development.

Background Information

The New ConTex (Container Ship Time Charter Assessment Index) has been published by the Hamburg and Bremen Shipbrokers’ Association since October 2007. Compared with other indices, the New ConTex is the only global, company-independent index for containership chartering. The current panel comprises 15 recognized shipbrokers in Hamburg, Copenhagen, London, Paris and Singapore. Further details for all types are published on the Association´s webpage: www.vhbs.de.

We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Keep shipping weird, always!