Prof. Dr. Dirk Max Johns | HSBA

Prof. Dr. Dirk Max Johns

Short Profile

Professor Dr. Max Johns is the Academic Head of the MSc Business Development. Beside his teaching and research activity at HSBA, Professor Dr. Max Johns was a policy maker in the international shipping committee VDR (Verbands Deutscher Reeder). At VDR he was representing the interests of German ship owners in national and international committees. After finishing his studies in Montpellier, Leuven and Tuebingen Dr Max Johns taught at various universities. After an extensive career in the media industry he reconnected with his roots and moved into the shipping industry.

In his academic career, he primarily focused on the economic implications of ship finance in various markets and the influence of the financial crisis on the maritime industry. He publishes frequently articles in trade journals.


  • Ship Finance I + II
  • Ship Management
  • Microeconomics

Research Areas

  • Ship Finance
  • Ship Management
  • Organization
  • Piracy


Monographs and edited books

Schinas, Orestis, Carsten Grau and Max Johns, eds. 2014. The HSBA Handbook on Ship Finance. Berlin: Springer.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2011. Organisation der "Neuen Medien" in öffentlich-rechtlichen Sendern Europas. Berlin, Pro Business Verlag.

Johns, Dirk Max (Ed.). 2007. 100 years German Shipowners' Association / 100 Jahre Verband Deutscher Reeder. Hamburg, Seehafen Verlag.

Johns, Dirk Max. 1998. Wirtschaftsmacht Fernsehen - Märkte und Mythen der Medienindustrie. Frankfurt am Main, Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag.

Johns, Dirk Max and André Reifenrath. 1991. Kunst an der Universität Hamburg. Hamburg: Verlag Johns & Reifenrath.

Journal articles (non-refereed) / newspaper

Johns, Dirk Max. 2019. "Scrubber users will be held over a barrel if basic economics apply." Trade Winds - The Global Shipping News Source, 25.10.2019, p. 12.

Johns, Max. 2016. "Schifffahrtsstandort Deutschland 2016 – aktuelle Perspektiven für die Maritime Personalwirtschaft." Beiträge zum Maritimen Peronalmanagement  2016 (1): 4.

Book chapters

Johns, Max, Stefan Albertijn and Wolfgang Drobetz. 2016. "Maritime Investment Appraisal and Budgeting." In The International Handbook of Shipping Finance: Theory and Practice, ed. by M.G. Kavussanos, I.D. Visvikis, 285-313. Palgrave Macmillan: UK.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2015. "The German KG System." In HSBA Handbook on Ship Finance, ed. by Schinas, Orestis, Carsten Grau und Max Johns, 71-85. Heidelberg.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2015. "Piraterie aus der Sicht von Seeleuten, Handelsschifffahrt und Reedereien." In Maritime Sicherheit – Moderne Piraterie. Hintergründe, Gefahren und mögliche Gegenmaßnahmen, ed. by Moritz Brake, . Frankfurt, Peter Lang.

Schinas, O., and S. Kewitsch. 2014. "Loans and Risk Management Considerations." In The HSBA Handbook on Ship Finance, ed. by Schinas, O., C. Grau, and M. Johns, 33-54. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2012. "Die gegenwärtige Piraterie." In Piraterie von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Historische Mitteilungen. 235-240, ed. by Volker Grieb and Sabine Todt, . Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2008. "Kunst und Auftraggeber." In 20 Fuß – Mit Containern um die Weltmeere, ed. by Klaus-Peter Kiedel, . Bremen, Hauschild Verlag.

Conference presentations (non refereed)

Johns, Dirk Max. 2019. "History of Ship Finance." Presentation held at the 27th Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economics (IAME), Athens, 25/28 June 2019.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2017. "Decent Work for Seafarers: Are we delivering." Presentation held at the ICS International Shipping Conference, London, 13.09.2017.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2015. "German shipping policy." Presentation held at the WMU World Maritime University, Hamburg. 05.06.2015.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2014. "Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Shipping." Presentation held at the Asia Pacific Manning & Training Conference, Philippines, 26.11.2014.

Other Publications / Presentations

Jastram, Sarah, and Dirk Max Johns. 2018. "Corporate Social Responsibility in the Shipping Sector - State of the Art and Learnings from other Industries." Presentation at Crew Connect Summit. Hamburg, 21.05.2018.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2017. "Maritime Politik und Perspektiven." Hafenstammtisch der VDU Hamburg. Hamburg, 22.03.2017.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2017. "Shipping Policy and Lobbying." Presentation at Kühne Logistics University. Hamburg, 20.04.2017.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2017. "Maritime Geschäftsmodelle." Presentation at the Deutschen Verkehrswissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft. Hamburg, 20.06.2017.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2016. "Schifffahrtsstandort Deutschland 2016 – aktuelle Perspektiven für die Maritime Personalwirtschaft." Presentation held at 10. Bremer Schifffahrtskongress. Bremen, 12.04.2016.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2016. "Shipping Policy." Presentation held at Kühne Logistics University. Hamburg, 21.04.2016.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2016. "Was ist eine Reederei?." Presentation held at Maritime Academy im Verband Deutscher Reeder. Hamburg, 13.07.2016.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2015. "Handelsschifffahrt und Piraterie." Presentation held at Frankfurt School of Finance. Frankfurt am Main, 17.09.2015.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2015. "Arbeitgeber Meer. Die Bedeutung der maritimen Wirtschaft." Presentation held at Jahreskongress des deutschen Marinebundes. München. 16.10.2015..

Johns, Dirk Max. 2014. "German ship finance." Keynote speaker at Informa Conference Hamburg. Hamburg, 22.05.2014.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2012. "Handelsschifffahrt und Piraterie." Presentation held at Frankfurt School of Finance. Frankfurt am Main, 24.02.2012.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2011. "Piracy: Help or stumbling stone in public communication." Int. Hamburg Congress on Business Communication. Hamburg, 10.09.2011.

Johns, Dirk Max. 2006. "Eurovision Song Contest (Case Study)." Hamburg Media School.

Johns, Dirk Max, Neil Regan, John McDonaugh and Giesela Süle. 2003. "Archives in Digital Broadcasting." EBU/Eurovision. Grand Saconnex - Geneva.

Johns, Dirk and Simone Emmelius. 2000. "Das Inhaltsangebot: Fernsehen und Multimedia." Das Programmbouquet. ZDF Schriftenreihe 58. Mainz.

Johns, Dirk Max and Heidrun Huber. 1994. "Television and Film Industries in Germany. Partners in Production Series." International Institute for Communications.. London.

Other Activities

Johns, Dirk Max. 2018. "Seafarers and digital disruption. The effect of autonomous ships on the work at sea, the role of seafarers and the shipping industry." Study prepared for the International Chamber of Shipping. Hamburg/ London: October 2018.