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E.R. Group revives Blue Star name with launch of shipping investment vehicle

Hamburg-based E.R. Group, mostly known for its shipowning and management arm E.R. Schiffahrt, has launched a new vehicle to develop shipping investment opportunities for institutional investors.

The new outfit will be named Blue Star Group, reviving the 108-year-old Blue Star brand which disappeared after Blue Star became part of E.R. Group in 2012.

Blue Star Group will be lead by Christoph Geck-Schlich in the role of CEO, and will immediately focus on the shipping and logistics sector.

E.R. Group said it will contribute funds in the region of $50m for the development of new projects.

In additional to E.R. Schiffahrt and Blue Star Group, E.R. Group is a majority shareholder of Nordcapital and E.R. Offshore.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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