MPC and Zeaborn join forces via revamped Harper Petersen brand

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.

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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