Zeaborn tipped to buy Hansa Heavy Lift

Germany’s chief consolidator of shipping lines, Zeaborn, is being widely tipped by multiple sources as bidding for Oaktree-controlled Hansa Heavy Lift.

A spokesperson for Bremen-based Zeaborn remained tight-lipped however when contacted by Splash today. “I can neither confirm nor deny,” the source said, adding: “Zeaborn is in multiple talks to consolidate the shipping industry.”

Hamburg-based Hansa Heavy Lift has also declined to confirm the speculation. Hansa Heavy has a fleet of 16 ships.

Founded in 2013, Zeaborn has become a big force in the multipurpose sector with the acquisitions of Rickmers-Linie and ER Schiffahrt. It also has a joint venture with New Orleans-based Intermarine.

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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