The Central Command for Maritime Emergencies
The Central Command for Maritime Emergencies is Germany's leading organisation for dealing with major maritime emergencies. There is no other organisation to fulfil this mission. We are specialised in emergencies that occur off the German coasts and in the estuary areas of the navigable rivers and are prepared to respond rapidly and control the situation. The Central Command for Maritime Emergencies is responsible for the planning, preparation, practising and conduct of all measures for
- pollution response
- fire fighting
- technical assistance
- preventive salvage
- and carries out the relevant public relations work
in case of major maritime emergencies.
Therefore, in the case of a severe ship accident, we command the assigned forces of
- the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service,
- the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief,
- the Waterways and Shipping Administration,
- the Federal Customs Administration,
- the Federal Police,
- the Fisheries Protection of the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food,
- the German Navy,
- the Waterways Police and many other organisations.
Our daily work includes analysing and defining risk potentials, drawing up and adapting concepts, procuring the necessary equipment or initiating the procurement as well as informing the public of our work. We work closely together with our international and national partners. We represent the Federal Republic of Germany in important national and international maritime bodies. We are constantly working on improving the maritime emergency management in Germany.