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Helmut Ponath takes full control of NSB

Helmut Ponath has bought out all other shareholders and now controls 100% of the German shipping company, NSB, which he founded 40 years ago.

“We will use the new shareholder constellation more intensively to continue the transformation of the company under the NSB Group brand. We thank the shareholders who have reliably accompanied us for more than 20 years,” said Tim Ponath, the group’s CEO.

Helmut Ponath led the company from originally two ships to become one of the largest German shipmanagers until it hit hard times, like many others in German shipping, in the wake of the global financial crisis. In 2015 he started the restructuring of the company and the brand NSB Group was established.

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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