Prof. Kapt. Hermann Kaps Prof. Capt. Hermann Kaps, born in 1940, started his professional career in 1957, sailing with the legendary Hansa-Line in Bremen. There he could gather 13 years experience with the sea transport of all kinds of dry cargoes, in particular heavy lift units, serving finally as Chief Officer. In 1970 he joined the teaching staff of the former Hochschule für Nautik in Bremen and was in charge of the teaching areas cargo technology, ship stability and emergency management until his retirement in 2004, with numerous research projects and expert publications.

Apart from these teaching activities he worked as visiting professor regularly three weeks a year from 1984 to 2004 at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden, responsible for the areas Safe Transport of Cargo and Tanker Operations. From 1998 on he was in charge of the scientific supervision of the GAUSS mbH, a research institute at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences.

Prof. Kaps was advisor to the German delegation at the IMO in London from 1985 to 2002 and has played a part, temporarily as chairman of the working group Cargo Securing, in the development of the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing. In particular the Annex 13 to this code, which allows the assessment of nonstandardised securing arrangements, is based on his initiative.

Despite the numerous obligations of his mission, Prof. Kaps has always been associated with seafaring, discernable by numerous study trips at sea, later also by active engagements, particularly in tankers.

Today, as a pensioner, Prof. Kaps continues to teach in advanced training courses, regularly organised by GAUSS and other institutions, in the areas project cargo and tanker shipping.

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