The German Shipowners’ Association „Verband Deutscher Reeder“ (VDR) represents the common economic and sociopolitical interests of the German shipowners on national and international level.
The VDR represents about 238 member shipping companies thus covering the largest part of the German merchant fleet. Presently, the German merchant fleet comprises 3,673 vessels and according to ownership structure and registered tonnage ranks third after Japan and Greece. The German containership fleet comprising 1,734 vessels categorized by owner’s nationality ranks first in international comparison. Mr. Michael Behrendt of Hapag-Lloyd AG is president of VDR.