Zeaborn gets rid of famous German shipping brands ER Schiffahrt and Rickmers Shipmanagement

One of Germany’s chief shipping consolidators, Bremen-based Zeaborn Group is combining its shipmanagement activities under the new brand Zeaborn Ship Management. The new company is based in Hamburg and is bringing together Rickmers Shipmanagement, which was acquired by Zeaborn in September 2017, and ER Schiffahrt, acquired in February this year.

The combined technically managed fleet currently comprises more than 150 ships, a mix of box, bulker and multipurpose. It employs around 300 people on shore and approximately 4,550 at sea.

“The shipping industry has been undergoing a process of consolidation for a number of years. A significant, new and international player has now emerged with the formation of Zeaborn Ship Management,” the company stated in a release.

The new company will have co-CEOs in the form of Nils Aden and Holger Strack, while in a nod to its past, Isabelle Rickmers is the new managing director.

“We are pleased that we are now also clearly signalling the successful merger of ER Schiffahrt and Rickmers Shipmanagement with our new brand. Two established and experienced partners have pooled their strengths. Their cultural heritage, their well-managed fleets and their organisational structures go exceedingly well together and complement one another perfectly. Our international customers will immediately benefit from even greater flexibility and reliability as well as interesting economies of scale – in the area of purchasing, for example. At the same time, the course has been set for dynamic growth,” the company stated today.

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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