Costamare and Peter Döhle join forces to create mammoth boxship chartering vehicle

Costamare and Peter Döhle have completed the merger of their containership chartering businesses, creating a European rival to the likes of Seaspan.

The Greek – German venture, to be called Blue Net Chartering, will be headquartered out of Hamburg. Together the pair control 220 boxships equating to 1.1m teu

In a note to clients on the conclusion of the merger Blue Net Chartering said yesterday it intended to offer “best-in-class employment opportunites for container shipowners”.

Costamare has a fleet of around 71 vessels while Peter Döhle controls around 300 containerships according to its website.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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