European Maritime Day: public day along the River Weser
On the occasion of the “European Maritime Day”, the City of Bremen organised a public day at various locations along the banks of the River Weser on May 18, 2014.
Bremen is the first German city to host the central convention known as “European Maritime Day”. The EMD is Europe’s most important event dedicated to the seas, involving all the players in marine economy, science, government and politics, and research. Before some one thousand scientists and other international experts convene for the convention, the kick-off on Sunday, May 18, took the form of a large public day. This Maritime Fair focussed on the “Weserbahnhof” at the feet of the Weser Tower. Its diverse spectrum of information and entertainment extended along the Schlachte, a river promenade along the east bank of the Weser. The many individual items on the agenda offered an exciting event for the entire family.
Things started off at the “Weserbahnhof”, which was transformed into a Research Alley for this day. Maritime research facilities including the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, and the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology presented themselves and their work. Making use of attractive infotainment features and a series of lectures, representatives from the research community made their highly specialised knowledge understandable for everyone. They brought along many interesting displays, including underwater gliders, seabed profilers, and a magnetometer. “Visits aboard are encouraged” is the motto at the three research ships to be docked at the “Weserbahnhof” on May 18 and at the piers along the Schlachte. Taking part in this “Open Ship” event was the MS Heincke, operated by the AWI.
A few steps upriver, at Pier 12 – operated by the State Motorboat Association (Marina Bremen), the focus was on the subject of water sports. Here visitors tried their hands at the helm of a motor boat. (There was no license needed, since the engines are under 15 HP.) After so much information and activity, that first break, with refreshments, was certainly welcomed. Visitors found at Focke Garden, above Pier 13, a section with food and drinks, musical shows, and deckchairs.
Between the Bürgermeister Smidt Bridge and the Stephani Bridge there was a fascinating array of exhibits. Here numerous federal agencies, environment protection organizations, museums, facilities in the world of art and culture, and political parties will be providing information on maritime subjects. Here, too, there were many diversions for both young and old, including a “shanty stage”, where sailors’ tunes could be heard. It was in the midst of snack booths in the area below the Youth Hostel.
The Family Festival on the Schlachte took place on the same day. Here visitors found dancing, athletic and music presentations on the stage at Pier 2 (Teerhof Bridge) and at the Martini Pier. There was fun and games for visitors of all ages. This weekend, Bremen’s traditional, well-known and very popular Kajen Market along the Upper Schlachte opened on Sunday, too, as an exception to rule. Here booths with artisanry and typical Nordic delicacies – like fried herring – were popular with visitors. Shanty choirs spread maritime charm.
All the event’s locations, from the Martini Pier all the way to the Überseestadt development, could be reached with shuttle boats – at no charge. Those travelling by land can climb aboard gratis cycle rickshaws for easy transportation. The Überseestadt development was also involved in activities, including planned walking routes, tours on visitors’ own bikes, and a boat trip.
You will find the entire program at the Web site of CityInitiative Bremen Werbung e.V.
Log book – the program brochure as an e-book for browsing
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