Rickmers-Linie taken over by Zeaborn Group

German MPP specialist Zeaborn Group has announced the takeover of the business operations and international organisation of Rickmers-Linie.

The deal, which is subject to antitrust clearance, includes NPC Projects and bunkering and charter broker MCC Marine Consulting& Contracting.

Jan Hendrik Többe, managing partner of Zeaborn, commented: “With the growth of our fleet, we were faced with the challenge of building a global organization. Everyone who knows the shipping industry knows that this is a very challenging task in our time. In this respect, it’s a fortune for our development that Rickmers-Linie was available at the right time.”

The combined entity will have a fleet of around 50 multipurpose vessels, sized between 7,500 and 30,000 dwt, with a combined lifting capacity of up to 700 tonnes.

Zeaborn will also take over the Rickmers- Linie offices in Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and United States.

Bertram R.C. Rickmers will remain involved privately as a minority shareholder of Zeaborn.

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.


  1. This is rather interesting; it suggests that there is plenty of life left in the operationally difficult and financially erratic MPP semiliner business.

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