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About us

The ZEABORN Group was founded by Kurt Zech together with Ove Meyer and Jan Hendrik Többe in 2013 as a global, integrated shipping company that provides services along the entire value-added chain and caters for capital market requirements.

Along with the basic principles of transparency and fair partnership, the strategic goal of ZEABORN is the expansion of its fleet, both under commercial and technical management, as well as maximizing the benefit for tonnage operated. In the MPP segment, Zeaborn is already managing the fifth-largest fleet worldwide. In addition to the purchase of resale tonnage, the company’s focus is on the establishment of strategic partnerships and the expansion of its team in the area of technical and commercial management.

The ZEABORN Group has four main business segments:

Tramp Services
ZEABORN Chartering (Tramp Services) is your perfect match when it comes to tramp sailings to and from special locations or to cater for special requirements.

Liner Services
Rickmers-Line (Liner Services) is your premier brand for regular liner services with fixed and reliable schedules to base your regular cargo-flow on, for a variety of lot-sizes from large-scale project supplies to smaller parcels.

ZEABORN Shipmanagement makes your fleet go round smoothly and reliably with shortest possible off-hire-times.

Our shipowning division is taking care of our ownership in vessels.



With over ten years of experience in the shipping industry, Ove Meyer is responsible for the development of the company's operative and commercial activities.

Prior to co-founding ZEABORN, Ove Meyer guided the expansion of BBC Chartering for nine years as part of its management team.

Furthermore, Ove Meyer has comprehensive experience in the restructuring of companies, both as a consultant during the conceptual phase as well as an interim manager during implementation.


With his comprehensive expertise in the corporate finance arena, Jan-Hendrik Többe is responsible for the funding of the Group, including its newbuild programmes.

Jan-Hendrik Többe has more than 12 years of experience as a consultant with a focus on turnaround management and performance improvement, having successfully managed over 40 projects in the maritime industry.

Prior to co-founding ZEABORN, Jan-Hendrik Többe was a partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and PricewaterhouseCoopers .