• Deutsche Afrika-Linien/John T. Essberger Group of Companies (“DAL/JTE-Group”) outsources the chartering activities of their six dry cargo vessels.
• Blue Net Chartering GmbH & Co. KG (“Blue Net Chartering”) will act as the exclusive chartering broker for the 3 container vessels owned by the Group.
• The Hanseatic Unity Handysize Pool will act as the pool manager for the 3 Handysize bulkers owned by the Group.

DAL/JTE-Group rewards the commercial management of six dry cargo vessels to Blue Net Chartering and the Hanseatic Unity Handysize Pool.

August 29th 2019. Deutsche Afrika-Linien/John T. Essberger Group of Companies (“DAL/JTE-Group”) has decided to appoint two Hamburg based outfits to commercially handle their dry cargo vessels going forward. After having sourced the market for an ideal partner for some time DAL/JTE-Group decided to commercially place their container vessels into the hands of Blue Net Chartering, a joint chartering platform established by the Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG and Vert S.A., an affiliate of Costamare Shipping Company S.A. Blue Net Chartering aims to provide best-in-class employment opportunities for containership owners and currently provides brokerage services for a fleet of 275 container vessels. The Handysize bulkers owned by DAL/JTE-Group will be joining the recently established Hanseatic Unity Handysize Pool. HUHP is a joint venture between Reederei NORD GmbH and Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG set up in late 2018. The HUHP provides exclusive pool services for the Handysize vessels of their founding partners and other third-party customers, currently standing at 22 vessels. The decision to work with external commercial partners does not mean that DAL/JTEGroup is exiting the dry cargo and container sector, quite the opposite even. DAL/JTE-Group will stay invested and focus on the role as asset manager in these markets which are regarded as an interesting addition to the other activities of DAL/JTE-Group in the liner trade represented by the brands Deutsche Afrika-Linien and United Africa Feeder Lines and in the European chemical tanker business under the brand Essberger Tankers.

Contact details:

Blue Net Chartering GmbH & Co. KG
Elbchaussee 277
22605 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 8199441-0
Email: teu@bluenetchartering.com

Contact details:

HUHP Management GmbH & Co. KG
Elbchaussee 277
22605 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 38108834
Email: management@huhp.com

Contact details:

John T. Essberger GmbH & Co. KG
Palmaille 45
22767 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 38016605
Email: werner.scharnowski@essberger.biz

Costamare Shipping Company S.A. is a leading international manager of containerships with a fleet of vessels ranging from about 1,000 TEUs to about 14,000 TEUs. Costamare Shipping Company S.A. draws on a history of more than 44 years in international shipping, with more than 33 years in container transportation.

Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG is a fully integrated ship owner and manager in the segments container, bulk and multi-purpose based in Hamburg. A family business founded in 1956, Döhle has a strong focus on containerships (vessels of up to 14,000 TEUs) and has been operating containerships for over 50 years.

Reederei NORD Group is a traditional, family owned ship owner, headquartered in Hamburg. The company was founded in 1964, with roots dating back to 1921. Their focus lies on ship owning & the exclusive management. Currently Nord runs a diversified fleet of 55 containerships, bulkers and tankers. Further 2 vessels are on order at a first-class ship-yard with a very modern design.

Hamburg based Deutsche Afrika-Linien/John T. Essberger Group of Companies is a family owned medium-sized business founded in 1924. The shipping company operates container liner services to South Africa and to the Indian Ocean Islands. With its fleet of highly specialized tankers DAL/JTE-Group is a market leader in the transportation of chemical products in the European coastal shipping. Furthermore, DAL/JTE-Group is active in the bulk and container market and offers ship management services as well.