BBG and H&P to create an alliance for bulker segment
The German shipping companies Bremer Bereederungsgesellschaft (BBG) and Harren & Partner (H&P) have agreed to create an alliance, combining their experience in the bulker segment with their fleets and networks.
Joachim Zeppenfeld, BBG Managing Director, said: “Harren & Partner is a … family-owned business with a very strong presence in the bulkers segment as well as other markets – such as heavy lifters, tankers and container feeders. By joining forces, we can benefit from our shared expertise while continuing to diversify and strengthen our ship management portfolios."
The new brand 'Harren Bulkers' will provide an umbrella for the joint activities of the pair. As announced, a fleet of 23 bulk carriers will be operated by BBG and H&P.
“Now that Harren & Partner has spent the last several years strengthening and expanding its position in the heavy lift and tanker segments, we want to continue this development with bulkers. We are convinced that founding Harren Bulkers will put both BBG and Harren & Partner in a very good position for the future,” Martin Harren, Managing Director of Harren & Partner, stated.
The origins of BBG date back to 1970, when the business was known as Frigomaris Shipping. Beginning in 1987, the company first specialized in the management of containerships under the label Ganymed Shipping. Since 2010, BBG has mainly been operating bulk carriers. Midi Supramax, Ultramax, Panamax, Post-Panamax and Caper bulkers form part of the company's fleet.
Harren & Partner was founded in 1989 and now has a range of brands, including SAL Heavy Lift, SAL Engineering, Intermarine, Combi Lift, Harren Tankers and Harren Bulkers.
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