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. There are four obligatory subjects, the rest may be chosen from the remaining catalogue of exam options. 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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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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Jan Bartels

Jan Bartels

Vice Chairman



Jan Bartels, MICS MSc, comes from a family with a long tradition in ship owning and shipbroking. After completing his apprenticeship at the German Shipping Group H. Schuldt, he spent five years in London and Miami working for various shipbroking houses.

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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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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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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, 02.04.2020 - 18:45 hrs

19 February 2020
For all ICS members:                                   German Branch Annual Dinner 2020                 The event will be held at Hafen-Klub Hamburg,   Bei den St. Pauli Landungsbrücken 3,           20359 Hamburg                                                        All other details can be found in the invitation letter inserted below. Please register by e-mail to: secretary@ics-germany.de latest by 23.03.2020.  We are looking forward to meeting you at the Dinner! Invitation_Annual_Dinner_2020.pdf

Wednesday, 23.10.2019 - 18:00 hrs

3 October 2019
Lecture evening "Mind the Gap 2019"                The law firm Fleet Hamburg continues their series of lecture evenings and invites all ICS Members as well as interested colleagues/non-members to the "Patriotische Gesellschaft", Trostbrücke 2, 20457 Hamburg.                     Direct registration please via                  www.fleet-hamburg.com/registrierung. All further details on the event can be found here: Invitation_Mind_the_Gap_2019.pdf
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Announcement: AGM + Annual Dinner 2020

Please note the date for both events has been fixed as follows:          Thursday, 2 April 2020                    Hafen-Klub Hamburg                          Further details regarding times, registration and participants' fee will follow shortly with the invitations!

ICS Academic Year 2019/20

The new ICS academic year started on 1st July! Student registrations, exam entries and book orders are already possible via www.shipbrokers.org.     The start of an exam preparation course at the Hamburg School of Shipping and Transportation is planned for 7th Sept. 2019. For more information on this please refer to the Link-section on this website.                                      All details on dates, fees and deadlines for the new exam season are available for downloading (-> How to become a member -> Student Information)
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