SEADEVCON Maritime Award to Arved Fuchs, eulogy by Boris Herrmann – Presentation as Conference climax – “Green Shipping” in focus

Hamburg, […]. The SEADEVCON ’19 held on 26 and 27 September ends on a special highlight: The author and expedition leader Arved Fuchs will be presented by Boris Herrmann the newly created SEADEVCON Maritime Award. The prize is to honor annually a personality whose “lifetime achievement is exemplary for the fight for a sustainable and respectful use of the world’s seas”.

Fuchs will come to the SEADEVCON ’19 venue, the premises of the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) on Adolphsplatz, straight on returning from his “Ocean Change” expedition. In his Keynote Address, he will speak from first-hand experience about mankind’s treatment of the sensitive oceanic ecosystems and will explain what catastrophic consequences this is having on today’s global climate: “Climate change is a fact. The causes are clear and well known. Besides natural fluctuations, human beings are mainly responsible. A ‘going on as usual’ is no longer possible,” Fuchs emphasizes.

The ocean yachtsman Boris Herrmann is a patron of the Hamburg Climate Week that includes the SEADEVCON ’19. He sees a special role for sports: “By collective action and courageously leading the way, sports has the power to change things quickly and sustainably. Yachting in particular can have a huge influence on the fight against climate change.” Having just been named “Person of the Month” for August by ZEIT, Herrmann makes a passionate appeal: “A race we must win. Climate action now!”

Herrmann looks forward to introducing the SEADEVCON Maritime Award winner: “For all of us who care about the survival of the oceans, and thereby of our planet, Arved Fuchs is a great example. With his work over decades, he has significantly contributed to a platform generating feasible approaches now under discussion in the public domain. As he says it himself, ‘the cards are being reshuffled’.”

SEADEVCON ’19 will bring together experts from the maritime business, representatives from shipping companies, researchers and academics, developers of hard- and software technologies, NGOs, and environmental activists to present attempts at technical solutions, to discuss the future of the industry, and to look at the ports of tomorrow. On the eve of the Conference, a stimulating Startup Night will take place on board the MS Stubnitz where participants from a number of countries present new business ideas around the topic “Green Shipping”. Awards will be given to the most convincing concepts, followed by a networking get-together co-hosted with the Hamburg Climate Week.

Carsten Bullemer, SEADEVCON organizer, is proud to bring together Arved Fuchs and Boris Herrmann: “Their credible engagement for the protection of our natural resources makes them a good fit with the overarching topic of our Conference – exploring how to achieve ‘Green Shipping’, a climate-neutral maritime sector.”