Ahrenkiel Steamship, the newly formed German ship management company, will consolidate its entire fleet at DNV GL, the world’s largest classification society. Nick Topham managing director of Ahrenkiel Steamship and Tor E. Svensen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, signed the cooperation agreement at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg. Ahrenkiel Steamship currently has 62 ships under technical management, all of which will join the DNV GL fleet in service.
Plans for developing the fleet managed by Ahrenkiel Steamship are already underway. “Our focus is on building up a strong fleet, maximizing the quality of our services and increasing our efficiency. DNV GL has a longstanding track record of excellence and reliability and having a strong expert technical partner like DNV GL ensures that we can increase our competiveness while delivering uncompromising quality to our customers”, said Nick Topham, MD of Ahrenkiel Steamship.
“We are very pleased that Ahrenkiel Steamship have entrusted us with their fleet. They have a young and modern fleet of vessels – and we will work with them to build on this foundation. Their focus on delivering quality and efficiency matches our own and by consolidating their entire fleet at DNV GL they will be able to draw on a breadth of our services and expert technical support that is unique in the industry”, said Tor E. Svensen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime.
Ahrenkiel Steamship was established in a merger between three German ship management companies. Thien & Heyenga and the MPC Group acquired the Ahrenkiel Group in April 2014 and subsequently merged the operations managed by the Ahrenkiel Group with those of MPC Münchmeyer Petersen Steamship and Thien & Heyenga.
The new company has the largest fleet of 1000-2999teu feeder vessels among non-operating owners and is also one of the leading non-operating owners in the German market.