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The two long-standing companies E.R. Schiffahrt and Rickmers Shipmanagement have been consolidated under the umbrella of ZEABORN Shipping, thus combining two world-leading ship managers into one young and dynamic company that offers its clients a comprehensive cutting-edge product portfolio. The company's primary focus is on the needs and requirements of its clients and, thanks to its many years of experience with its own tonnage, ZEABORN manages clients' vessels as if they were its own.

Having more than 4,500 dedicated staff on shore and at sea, ZEABORN Shipping designs tailor-made solutions for its clients. From the initial idea and the planning via newbuilds and efficiency-enhancing measures up to the targeted training of the crew, ZEABORN Shipping covers the entire service range for every stage of the ship life-cycle. Working closely as true partners with owners and charterers alike is of particular importance to ZEABORN Shipping in order to be able to develop the best solutions and strategies for maximum vessel employment and smooth shipping operations, always with its clients in mind.

Whether you are a charterer or an owner, ZEABORN Shipping customises its products and services to suit your individual requirements and continuously works towards new and innovative solutions.

Both E.R. Schiffahrt and Rickmers Shipmanagement are certified by DNV GL according to the ISM and ISPS code as well as the ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 50001:2011 and the OHSAS 18001:2007 standards. Furthermore, DNV GL has awarded both companies with the „DNV GL Excellence – 5 Stars“ certificate for reliable ship operations and the implementation of above-average safety, environmental and quality standards.


ZEABORN Shipping manages a fleet totalling 160 container vessels, bulkers and multipurpose heavy lift vessels.