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The Port of Hamburg has reported a 6.8% year-on-year increase in container handling in the first half of 2014, despite average boxship delays of 70 hours.

The German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) says the country's shipowing sector is “undergoing significant change" due to the unexpectedly long crisis.

MSC Flaminia, which in September 2012 suffered a crippling fire claiming the lives of three crewmen, has been refitted as an eco-ship and re-entered service.

The German Shipowner's Association (VDR) has thanked seafarers worldwide for their "invisible dedication and commitment" on the IMO's Day of the Seafarer.

Reederei NSB (NSB)'s fleet of 42 German-flagged ships will be looking for a new registry in 2015 unless the flag becomes more competitive.

ClassNK has registered its first German-flagged vessel and received wider authorisation from the German flag to vet its ships.

Competition for German shipowners between classification societies ClassNK and DNV GL continues to hot up, with the Japanese class claiming good gains.

The Greek judiciary's investigation into the country's massive bribe scandal has netted another shipping personality and German industrial group. Sotiris Emmanouil, the former managing director of Hellenic Shipyards, Greece's largest shipyard, was arrested 13 January in connection with taking bribes of some EUR23m to secure submarine deals with Germany's HDW Ferrostaal.

Transfers of vessels from other classification societies have helped ClassNK pass the 220m gt mark on its register.

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