Erck Rickmers has disposed of his ship management and ship brokerage activities
All shares in E R Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie and the ship brokering firm Harper Petersen & Co will be taken over by Bremen-based Zeaborn Group, subject to the green light from the competition authorities.
The deal is subject also to EU TUPE regulations, so 200 shore staff and 2800 crew on board E R Schiffart-managed vessels will be taken over by the new owners; longstanding CEO Nils Aden remains in post, while Simon Aust remains CEO of Harper Petersen. The group will keep its head office in Hamburg.
No details of the S&P agreement were disclosed.
Erck Rickmers remains actively involved in the industry, together with iother nvestors, in a fleet of 34 vessels. In addition, a new company under the traditional name Blue Star Group will be established to develop shipping investments for institutional investors.
The companies of Erck Rickmers are managed by E R Capital Holding with Jochen Klösges as CEO.
Ove Meyer and Jan Hendrik Többe, joint managing partners of Zeaborn Group, stated: “We are happy that with E R Schiffahrt we have won a ship management firm of such high repute for our group and it fits perfectly into our organisation.
“Our customers need flexibility, reliability and optimal transport solutions. With the expansion of our fleet we are able to increase quality and scale in the interest of our customers.”