Head of HHM’s Eastern Germany office announces retirement

Head of HHM’s Eastern Germany office announces retirement

The Port of Hamburg has announced that Stefan Kunze, Head of the Eastern Germany Representative Office of Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V. (HHM), is retiring.

Stefan Kunze began his career in the 1990s as Branch Manager of Deutsche Binnenreederei in Dresden. He then followed the development of inland navigation until his retirement.

Throughout his career, he has been particularly interested in inland waterway transport and the integration of this mode of transport into a trimodal supply chain.

In the last nine years, the trained freight forwarder was, among other things, Chairman of the Board of Elbe Allianz.

“Stefan Kunze will be greatly missed. As an expert in the field of inland navigation, he has also set many trends,” said Axel Mattern, CEO of HHM, at the farewell ceremony at the Elbe Shipping Day.

The graduate economist has also made a name for himself in the implementation of several EU projects. This also applies to his expertise in logistics, the port reported.

For example, Stefan Kunze was a member of the logistics advisory board of the transport minister of Saxony-Anhalt and a representative in the advisory committee for the development of the overall Elbe concept.

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“I will continue to make my expertise available to the best of my ability. But above all, I want to enjoy my retirement,” Kunze said.

His successor, Roman Fürtig, has been familiarising himself with the job since January. He is now HHM’s new representative for eastern Germany and will also take on tasks in the area of inland navigation.

Last month, the Canadian Port of Argentia and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to collaborate on the export and import of green hydrogen from Canada to Germany.

More recently, during the Port of Hamburg’s session, the Hamburg Senate considered the possibilities for the Köhlbrand crossing and voted in support of a new bridge.

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