Our Word, Our Bond


The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers German Branch e.V. was founded in February 1996 in Hamburg as a branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), London.

The aim of the German branch is to promote the standards of the Institute which are a world standard level of apprenticeship as well as the motto “Our word – our bond”.

The German Branch e.V. is also acting as a direct representative of all German ICS Members and Fellows towards the Head Office in London.

The interest in an internationally recognised shipping apprenticeship and the opportunity to use the worldwide network of experts (currently there are about 4.000 members registered in one of the 25 ICS branches in 19 countries) who meet the ICS quality standard, has lead to our branch growing from 11 founding members to currently over 180, mainly young, members.

How to become a member

In order to become a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), exams in 7 shipping subjects have to be passed. The preparation for the exams offers an excellent opportunity to extend or deepen your shipping knowledge, depending on which branch you work in or what kind of experience you have gained so far. The preparation courses/exams are also designed for people who have not undergone classic shipping training. The preparation courses as well as the exams are held in English.

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Marc Buchholz

Marc Buchholz




Marc Buchholz, FICS, started his career in shipping more than 20 years ago with the shipping group KG Fisser & v. Doornum GmbH & Co. in Hamburg. After completion of his shipping apprenticeship he started working in the ship operations department with Fisser & v. Doornum and later became Assistant to the Managing Partners.

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Hauke Pane

Hauke Pane




Hauke Pane, FICS, has been involved in shipping for more than 30 years. Following an apprenticeship as a Ship Mechanic, Nautical College and some time at sea, he went ashore in 1989. He worked as a Qualified Shipping Agent (Schifffahrtskaufmann) in the position as Chartering Manager for the renowned shipping group “Hamburg-Sued” until 1998 spending time in Hamburg and London.

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Karl Ludwig Franz

Karl Ludwig Franz

Vice Chairman



Karl L. Franz, FICS CMILT, is employed in the shipping industry since 1979. Following studies to become a school teacher he worked as a shipping trainee for UNI-CHARTER Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH in Hamburg and from 1981 to 1982 as a trainee shipbroker in the dry cargo short sea business with K.H. Thomas (Shipping) Ltd. in Cardiff.

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Sabine Etheridge

Sabine Etheridge




Sabine Etheridge is a trained language secretary and worked for many years in various Hamburg shipping companies, first as a secretary and later on as a shipping clerk in the liner agencies of several container services. Since 2005 she has been taking care of the ICS German Branch as its secretary.

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If you are a member of the ICS German Branch you can register here to get access to e.g. the German Branch membership list.


Thursday, 15.09.2016 - 18:00 hrs

29 June 2016

Lecture evening "Mind the Gap 2016"
offered by the law firm Fleet Hamburg.
The event will be held in the 'Patriotische Gesellschaft', Hamburg.
The letter of invitation issued by the law firm Fleet Hamburg is now available for download.


Thursday, 14.07.2016 - 18:30 hrs

27 April 2016

Please note the changed date: (was 07.07.2016)
Informal get-together for members and students
Restaurant "Blockbräu"
Bei den St. Pauli Landungsbrücken 3
20359 Hamburg
Please register latest by 11.07.2016 by e-mail to
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New website

The new ICS German Branch website is online as of today!

Just on time for the Annual Dinner 2016 it can be presented. We are very pleased with our new, in our opinion very attractive, web presence and hope that all website visitors will agree with us.


Branch Anniversary

The ICS German Branch was founded today 20 years ago!

This anniversary will be celebrated at the Annual Dinner on 19 February 2016 and we received the following message of greetings from the currect ICS Chairman, Michael Taliotis:

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