Leonhardt & Blumberg and Buss Shipping combine ship management operations

German feeder containership specialists Leonhardt & Blumberg Reederei and Buss Shipping have agreed to merge their ship management activities, forming a new venture operating a combined 55 vessels.

The joint venture, named Leonhardt & Blumberg Shipmanagement, will be managed by a board of Christian Rychly, Torben Kölln and Mathias Gaethje.

Leonhardt & Blumberg operates containerships ranging from 1,500 teu to 3,600 teu capacity while Buss Shipping’s fleet consists of 17 vessels with two newbuildings to be delivered later this year.

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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