Conducting port management requires the operation or use of a port for the sake of loading and unloading ships. Port management includes port owners, transshipment and logistics companies, freight forwarders and warehouse operators. Approximately 90 percent of world trade is conducted via maritime routes. Germany even realises approximately 95 percent of its international trade via ships. Due to the increasing worldwide integration of economies, one must reckon with a growth of the trade and traffic volume. In order to be able to transport goods in and out of ports free of problem, an integrated interior connection is essential. Multimodal transport (on the street, train tracks, via inland vessels) is the key word here. An important task for port management is handling containers.
Still, automobiles, general and bulk goods, hazmat transportation and project cargo possess a high level of importance. With the expansion of electricity supplies coming from renewable energies, the transshipment of components for offshore wind energy facilities is gaining significance. At the end of the day, the transfer of ship and ferry passengers via passenger and ferry terminals is also a part of port management.
It is not only the transportation of goods that has become internationalised, but also the port management companies who are working in foreign countries at a growing rate. In the meantime, port groups operating across the planet are serving as strong partners for ship owners and their alliances. In addition, the European Commission is striving to establish uniform framework conditions with transparent regulations in the European ports.
Büsing Müffelmann & Theye posseses of long-term experience in all fields of law which are important for companies involved with port management. That includes everything from acquiring port surfaces to concessions for the construction and operation of new ports, including the foundation of handling companies, to co-operations between handling companies and ship owners to questions of port financing and the legal port issues as legislated by the European Union.