Hamburg-based ship management firm Ahrenkiel Steamship, with 62 ships under its technical management, has consolidated its entire fleet under DNV GL class.
The cooperation agreement was signed at the SMM Hamburg trade fair by Nick Topham managing director of Ahrenkiel Steamship and Tor E. Svensen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime.
“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 competitiveness while delivering uncompromising quality to our customers”, commented Topham.
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 1000-2999 teu feeder vessels among non-operating owners and is also one of the leading non-operating owners in the German market.