Hamburg at the centre of the shipping world again

Hamburg, (PresseBox) - The 63rd Eisbeinessen, hosted by the Hamburg Shipbrokers' Association, is well on course for another success. With preparations in full swing for this largest one-day maritime event in Europe, it looks like participant numbers will hit a new record this year.

From modest beginnings in 1948, the Eisbeinessen has now grown into the world's largest maritime gathering, with over 5,000 international participants. It is now a "must" for shipowners, shipbrokers, shippers, forwarding agents, port operators, shipping experts and shipping finance services to attend this unique networking event.

The Eisbeinessen itself is the concluding event of the "Eisbein Week". For several days in advance of the Eisbeinessen, the offices of Hamburg's shipbrokers and shipping companies are buzzing with activity. Eisbein guests are arriving from all over the world to visit their business partners, conduct negotiations, and make new business contacts. Once again, Hamburg is the centre of the international shipping sector.

This year's partner country is Japan. And Hamburg's shipbrokers and shipping agents see it as a special privilege that the Eisbeinessen has been included in the official event calendar for the anniversary celebrations to mark 150 years of friendship between Japan and Germany, thus helping to deepen and widen bilateral relations.

Nomination as the partner country honours Japan's close economic and cultural relations with Germany, the foundations of which were created by the Treaty of Amity and Commerce concluded between Japan and Prussia in Edo (now called Tokyo) on 24 January 1861. The close relations of trust have grown in the 150 years of their existence, and are now clearly visible in Hamburg. The Port of Hamburg is the logistics hub for many Japanese companies, and has enjoyed close cooperation with the Port of Yokohama since 1992.

On 3 November 2011, the evening before the Eisbeinessen, participants are invited to a reception at Hamburg City Hall, hosted by Frank Hoch, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation. That clearly underscores the close relations of the Senate with the maritime sector and Hamburg as a port location. The partner country will be represented by Consul-General Setsuo Kosaka, who will also address the guests there.

After the opening of the 63rd Eisbeinessen on Friday 4 November 2011 by Christian Koopmann, Chairman of the Hamburg Shipbrokers' Association, a welcome address will be given by Olaf Scholz, Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The Hamburg Shipbrokers' Association, with the capable support of the catering professionals from Stockheim, will then do everything in its power to ensure that the more than 5,000 participants from over 50 countries enjoy an unforgettable evening.

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