Famous name in Hamburg shipping rebranded into the V.Ships fold

A venerable name in Hamburg shipping circles, Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt GmbH & Co. KG (NRS), has been rebranded this week to V. Ships (Hamburg) GmbH & Co. KG.

V.Group took a majority stake in the shipping company 13 months ago, taking over the management arm while the vessels owned were transferred to a new structure.

The containership operator has a 150-year history and is yet another grand name in Hamburg shipping to disappear in what has been a very tough decade for the local shipowning sector. Shipping database Equasis lists Norddeutsche Reederei as having 44 boxships and one bulk carrier on its books.

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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