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.