German broking outfit sets up in Singapore

Singapore has a new shipbroking firm backed by well-known names. Locally headquartered Transport Capital, headed by Philip Clausius, and Hamburg-based broker Toepfer Transport have formed TCT Shipbrokers, initially focusing on containership and MPP chartering services as well as general sale and purchase services.

The new operation will be headed by Richard Wetzki who most recently was the managing director of Harper Petersen Asia, also based in Singapore.

Transport Capital’s Clausius commented: “We have been wanting to extend our shipping related services into the commercial aspects of the business for a while and believe strongly that with the partnership with Toepfer Transport, for whom shipbroking is the core activity, we have found the right formula.”

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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