GAMI is located at the State Maritime College in Cuxhaven, Germany. We work hard to bring students and professionals from Germany and the U.S. together with maritime professionals, academics and students from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to encourage both practical and theoretical training. Our annual conference in Cuxhaven welcomes speakers from all over the world to discuss both cutting edge and fundamental topics. Our first strategic partnerships include the North German Maritime Cluster as well as German individual shipping companies, law firms and other interested parties in both California and Germany. GAMI is also an educational member of BIMCO. We look forward to talking with you about how we can help your organisation, company or students through networking, trainings, exchanges and other business opportunities.  

Contact us any time!  info@maritime-institute.de or +49 (0) 170 293 7506.
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German American Maritime Institute (GAMI)
Seefahrtschule Cuxhaven
Am Seedeich 36
27472 Cuxhaven


Erik Kravets, President

Erik Kravets is a founding partner of Kravets & Kravets, a maritime and admiralty law firm providing bespoke solutions to clients navigating the North Sea and beyond. Clients involved in ship brokering and management, offshore, towage and salvage, vessel chartering, cargo handling/stevedoring and carriage of goods by sea come to Mr. Kravets for representation. Mr. Kravets is the President of the German American Maritime Institute (GAMI) in Cuxhaven and lectures on maritime law at the State Maritime College Cuxhaven. You can read articles from Erik at Maritime Executive or his well-read, often-updated blog

Dr. Sarah Fiona Gahlen, Vice President

Dr. Sarah Fiona Gahlen studied law at Humboldt University in Berlin, com-pleted a masters in international and European law (Maîtrise en droit international et européen) at the University of Rouen in France, and an LL.M. in commercial law at King’s College in London.  Sarah completed both her first and second bar examinations in Berlin following law clerking at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Taylor Wessing in Hamburg and the German Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.  She has also worked for Dr. Schulte and Partner in Berlin and, before going to the University of Kiel as a research fellow, she researched at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law. Sarah is a member of a number of organizations and is the vice-president of the German American Maritime Institute (GAMI) in Cuxhaven. 

Capt. Michael Gross

Captain Michael Gross is an instructor at the State Maritime College Cuxhaven, where he has been teaching for thirty years. He previously ran GBS Ship Management for a number of years and owned and operated a fleet of merchant trading vessels. He also owns a maritime consulting firm and is regularly engaged for expert opinions by leading shipping companies and service providers.  Michael is also a board member of the German American Maritime Institute (GAMI) in Cuxhaven. 

Julia Constantino Chagas Lessa

Julia Constantino Chagas Lessa practiced as a Brazilian lawyer in Brazil before going to London where she completed her mas-ters in International Commercial Law at University of Westmin-ster in 2010, with a dissertation on Intellectual Property Law. In 2011, Julia was selected for an internship at Seafarers Rights International, where she had the opportunity to expand her research on maritime labour and work with great researchers of this particular area. Julia is currently pursing her PhD at City University London with a focus on seafarers' employment rights, in particular, the definition of 'abandonment of sea-farer'.  Her research involves making a comparative analysis of different legislations (Labour Law and Contract Law), as well as human rights and Third Parties liabilities (P&I Clubs, Trade Unions, NGOs). During her PhD, Julia was invited to assist conducting a five days IMO accredited course on Oil Spillage to Shell employees in Port Harcourt - Nigeria. The course included, among other things, international and national liability of oil spillages from offshore platforms. Julia is a board member of the German American Maritime Institute (GAMI) in Cuxhaven. 

Audrey Kravets, Secretary

Audrey Kravets was born in California and studied economics and law at the University of California at Davis (B.A. and J.D.).  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Audrey was a stockbroker with a national brokerage house on both the east and west coasts of the United States.  Following law school, Audrey worked as an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Los Angeles. She currently teaches a lecture series on Maritime English for Sea Captains at the State Maritime College Cuxhaven, is a partner at Kravets & Kravets Anwaltskanzlei in Cuxhaven, an assistant for the European Company and Financial Law Review (ECFR), completing her doctorate at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg and a board member of the German American Maritime Institute (GAMI) in Cuxhaven. In the area of maritime affairs, her specialty focus is ship investment funds and financing. 

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