Hamburg-based MPC Capital and Bremen-based shipping company Zeaborn are joining forces in commercial shipmanagement.
The two German firms are merging their chartering and commercial management activities under a famous local brand, Harper Petersen.
Harper Petersen used to be a joint asset of the non-operating owners Erck and Bertram Rickmers and their respective shipping firms.
The company came under partial ownership of Zeaborn, when Zeaborn took control of Rickmers Reederei and it became a wholly- owned asset in early 2018 when Zeaborn also bought E.R. Schiffahrt and affiliated companies from Erck Rickmers.
The new joint company will manage more than 160 vessels with a total capacity of almost 500,000 teu. Vessel sizes range from 700 to 8,500 teu.
In addition to this in-house fleet, the merged outfit will continue to offer competitive shipbroking services.