The German Shipowners' Association (VDR) has elected Gaby Bornheim as its new president.

Bornheim becomes the first woman to head the shipowners' organisation in its 114-year history.

She replaces 74-year-old Alfred Hartmann, who has held the position since the beginning of 2015 and did not stand for re-election.

Bornheim's appointment comes after growing pressure from within the German shipping community for more female representation in the sector.