IG Metall coast has called for a new mobility concept that includes sea routes on the coasts. “We are still inspired by the fact that the goods shipped worldwide arrive in a large port and are then shifted to rail or road,” said district manager Daniel Friedrich of the German press agency. Instead, the goods could be loaded onto modern ships built in local shipyards and then revitalized in smaller ports. The drives should be low-emission or emission-free.
Trade through small ports instead of just road and rail
The trade unionist emphasized that climate protection and the economy had to be brought together. In view of the recurring crises in German and European shipbuilding, the industry could regain international technology leadership in this way for its continued existence. The need for a sustainable strategy is immense: “We will continue to have world trade, world trade without shipping will not work.”
Such considerations should be made not only in shipbuilding, but also in many other industries. “Anyone who believes that the economy can do it all on its own is on the wrong track,” said Friedrich. State aid is necessary. China is currently showing how the economy is being technologically controlled with a clear industrial policy strategy. “As an industry, we have to go this way much more strongly and work more with each other than against each other,” emphasized Friedrich.
With a view to climate protection in Europe, a large fleet exchange program is urgently needed. In this way, for example, ferries in Europe could be brought up to the state of the art and operated with lower emissions. “That would secure work in the European shipyards and promote positive development.”