Another milestone in the development of the ZEABORN Group has been achieved following the merger of the two traditional Hamburg-based ship managers to form one global ship management company. The combined technically managed fleet currently comprises more than 150 container and bulk cargo ships as well as multi-purpose vessels.
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. In the course of the merger, the executive board of ZEABORN Ship Management is fully committed to continuity. Accordingly, Co-CEOs Nils Aden and Holger Strack, COO Michael Brandhoff, CFO Erik Kruse and Managing Director Isabelle Rickmers will preserve the existing expertise in various fields.
‘We are pleased that we are now also clearly signalling the successful merger of E.R. 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,’ explain Ove Meyer and Jan-Hendrik Többe, managing partners of the ZEABORN Group.
‘ZEABORN Ship Management’s most important asset is its highly professional and committed staff. With their long-standing experience, their expertise and their high level of motivation, they make sure that we meet the individual needs of our customers all over the world,’ explains CEO Nils Aden. ‘Both managers have already been working at a shared location in Hamburg since June of this year, guaranteeing direct communication and short decision-making channels.’
The ZEABORN Group was founded by Kurt Zech together with Ove Meyer and Jan-Hendrik Többe in 2013 as a global, integrated shipping company that provides services along the entire value-added chain and meets capital market requirements. Along with the basic principles of transparency and fair partnership, the strategic aim of ZEABORN is to further expand its fleet, both under commercial and technical management, as well as maximise the benefit for tonnage operated. In the MPP segment, Zeaborn is already managing the second-largest fleet worldwide. In addition to the purchase of resale tonnage, the company’s focus is on the establishment of strategic partnerships and the expansion of its team in the area of technical and commercial management. www.zeaborn.com
ZEABORN Ship Management
ZEABORN Ship Management is the result of the merger between the two traditional Hamburg-based companies E.R. Schiffahrt and Rickmers Shipmanagement. The company’s service portfolio includes the manning, technical management and operation of container and bulk cargo ships as well as multi-purpose vessels. With its headquarters in Hamburg, a secondary office in Singapore and further offices throughout Asia and Europe, the company employs around 300 people on shore and 4,550 at sea. This workforce looks after more than 150 ships for international owners. The DNV GL awarded E.R. Schiffahrt and Rickmers Shipmanagement its ‘Excellence – 5 Stars’ certificate for above-average safety, environmental and quality standards. ZEABORN Ship Management has joined the United Nations Global Compact, a voluntary initiative aimed at promoting sustainable development. www.zea-ship.com