Full support for teachers

A trip to the Maritime Career Market is an unexpected highlight for learners at the start of the new academic year – and also a great aid in seeing their own future more clearly. For teachers, however, it’s unexpected work.

This is why we are delighted to be able to provide you with comprehensive support – from arriving as a class to thematic accompaniment in teaching. Even the on-site programming is designed with a group experience in mind and tailored to the needs of learners in grades 9 to 13.

We wish you and your pupils an inspiring and informative visit, as well as plenty of positive, motivational experiences and discussions at the Maritime Career Market and SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair.

5 + 6 September

Free entry

For you as a teacher: you can order yourself a free ticket for entry on both days from our ticket shop. You will thereby be able to visit both the Maritime Career Market and SMM. Please have your teaching ID to hand at the entrance.

For your pupils or students: either order their free tickets yourself – or provide your class with vouchers. To do so, simply order the required quantity of vouchers, which can then be emailed personally to the recipients and redeemed in the ticket shop for free tickets.

Free or really cheap

Reaching us

Are you from Hamburg? From September 2024, all school pupils registered in Hamburg can travel through the city free of charge on buses and trains belonging to the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (hvv) public transport network, and even across the country on local and regional transport. The approx. 100,000 schoolchildren already using the previous paid hvv Deutschlandticket will be contacted in person in June and will be switched automatically to the free Deutschlandticket in September. Anyone else can order the free hvv Deutschlandticket on the hvv website from August.

Coming from elsewhere? On top of the reductions that schoolchildren receive with regional transport operators in Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Bremen, Deutsche Bahn also offers very cheap tickets at the Super Young discount price for anyone under 27.

Free participation, registration required

Pupils’ Rally on 6 September

Led by students in maritime disciplines, school groups will explore the trade fair site and get to know a range of businesses and training/study options in the maritime industry. . Individual registrations are possible on the Verband für Schiffbau und Meerestechnik e.V. website, group registrations should be emailed to info@vsm.de.

Free participation, registration required

Tour for students

Following a short talk at the Career Forum, a guided tour kicks off in the afternoon of 5 September and allows students to meet human resources representatives from companies from the electronics, shipbuilding and engineering segments. These freshly acquired contacts can then be developed at the students’ leisure during the subsequent Career Happy Hour.

Networking invitation on 5 September 

Career Happy Hour


From 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., you and your pupils and students are cordially invited to round off the day in a relaxed atmosphere while making useful contacts.

On the Open Stage directly opposite the Maritime Career Market, you’ll feel the familial beat of the maritime industry. The DJ will ensure a great atmosphere. Food and drink are of course free of charge.

Available free of charge

Teaching materials

The Deutsches Maritimes Zentrum’s Maritime Pathfinder contains plenty of free information, as well as teaching and learning materials for teachers of all grades to make the societal and economic significance of the maritime industry more tangible for pupils.

Of particular note is the extensive range of formats provided in the Maritime Pathfinder by various industry players. You have access to analogue and digital materials, worksheets, and presentations, as well as the comprehensive, sustainable education project MarWiLo – Maritime Wirtschaft und Logistik (maritime economy and logistics), a curriculum-based concept with work aids, teaching handouts and online modules, along with access to an online portal for supplementary materials and training offers.

    The following offers (in German) are available free of charge in the Maritime Pathfinder for grades 9 to 13:

    • Wir wollen Meer – die Zukunft der Ozeane zwischen Konsuminteressen und Umweltschutz (the future of the oceans between consumer interest and environmental protection). Provided by Greenpeace.
    • Echt fair! Ermöglicht ein Lieferkettengesetz verantwortungsvolles Handeln? (Genuinely fair! Does a supply chain law facilitate responsible trade?). Provided by teacheconomy.de, by the Joachim Herz Foundation.
    • Was tun, wenn die globale Lieferkette reißt? (What to do when the global supply chain breaks?). Provided by teacheconomy.de, by the Joachim Herz Foundation.
    • Ocean Lovers Education. Provided by the German Ocean Foundation.
    • Foto-Identifikation von Belugas (Weißwalen) (photo identification of belugas (white whales)). Provided by Spektrum der Wissenschaft Verlagsgesellschaft mbH.
    • Lecture: Warum Wale hören können müssen (why whales need to be able to hear). Provided by the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg
    • PlasticSchool, secondary level I and II. Provided by the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde
    • Umwelt im Unterricht (environment in teaching). Provided by the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUV)
    • MarWiLo – Maritime Wirtschaft und Logistik (maritime economy and logistics). Provided by: Institut für Ökonomische Bildung gGmbH, affiliated institute of the University of Oldenburg.


    To Maritime Pfadfinder website


    Nina Krüger

    Conference Manager

    Manager MS&D | gmec | Maritime Career Market | Open Stages

    Nina Krüger