Germany's incoming government has been careful in its words about oceangoing shipping so far.

Its 178-page manifesto contains only vague references to the maritime industry, creating the impression that Germany's three-party coalition of social democrats, Greens and economic liberals is hedging its bets on policy.

However, at a European Union level — where it matters most — the new government will likely push shipping towards tougher and more ambitious environmental goals.

That is primarily due to the ascendancy of the country's Green party after 16 years in opposition.