German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has joined forces with compatriot Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in opening a new research center in Hamburg that specializes in maritime logistics.
Inaugurated on November 22, 2018, the Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL) will be an integral part of KLU.
As informed, the new center will promote the ongoing discourse between international research and the shipping industry.
Specifically, its purpose is to combine academic research with practical experiences and insights in the area of shipping and container transport, increase the competitiveness of the sector and contribute to the development of Hamburg as an international maritime knowledge hub.
“International container shipping is facing major challenges, such as ongoing digitalization, the upcoming IMO2020 fuel regulation, and possible restrictions of free world trade due to new customs barriers,” Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer at Hapag-Lloyd, said.
“We expect the CSGL to provide us with a multitude of scientific research which will benefit the entire industry,” Jansen continued.
“No matter how well established a company is in the logistics and maritime industry, they must actively seek a dialogue with young talents and innovators,” Karl Gernandt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at KLU and Executive Chairman of Kühne Holding AG, emphasized, adding that only in this way the economy will be able to meet the challenges of the industry.