Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping

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Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping
- GDWS -

State level Federation
position Federal Funding Authority
Supervisory authority Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
founding 1st of May 2013
Headquarters 1. Office: Am Propsthof 51, 53121 Bonn
Authority management Hans-Heinrich Witte
Servants approx. 850 including AFZ of WSV, BBiZ
Budget volume 2.003.199 billion euros
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The General Directorate for Waterways and Shipping ( GDWS ) is a federal funding authority within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The GDWS are subordinate to federal sub-authorities (39 waterway and shipping authorities until March 2019 ), which will be merged into 17 waterway authorities over the next few years, as well as a further seven new waterway construction authorities. The GDWS and the subordinate offices form the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSV).

The GDWS was established by an organizational decree of the then BMVBS with effect from May 1, 2013. It is based in Bonn (new address from September 9, 2019, see information from authorities). Until the WSV Responsibility Adjustment Act came into force on June 1, 2016, the previous seven intermediate authorities, the Waterways and Shipping Directorates (WSDen) with the GDWS offices in Kiel , Aurich , Hanover , Münster , Mainz , Würzburg and Magdeburg , were responsible.

The GDWS employees have been working at the above-mentioned locations since then.

This means that there is a local network of regional contact persons for WSV customers in questions of the central tasks of the GDWS. The first president of the new authority in Bonn was Hans-Heinrich Witte, previously president of the previous WSD Nord in Kiel.

Other places of work for the GDWS employees are, depending on their tasks, Berlin, Bremerhaven, Rostock, Mannheim, Duisburg, Hamburg, Koblenz and Kleinmachnow, etc. a. by the sea pilotage, the WSV vocational training centers and the locations of the teams of the ship inspection commission / ship oak.

The establishment of the new authority was a first milestone in the reform of the WSV and was previously confirmed by a resolution of September 26, 2012 by the budget committee of the German Bundestag.

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Archives. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  2. v. May 24, 2016 ( Federal Law Gazette I p. 1217 )