MINSHIP Shipmanagement and Auerbach Schifffahrt will merge their ship management activities in Bavaria and Hamburg, effective August 1.

The company will operate with a two-brand, one team strategy under the names Auerbach Marine and MINMARINE. The new set up will provide full service for a combined fleet of 26 bulk and multipurpose vessels.

The group will be led by Markus Hiltl (ceo of MINSHIP Group), Arne Seesemann and Rafal Mirski (managing directors at Auerbach Bereederung).

Seesemann will be appointed as chief financial officer of MINSHIP Group. Mirski will serve as managing director of the newly established parent company for technical management with the support of Christian Altmann, deputy fleet director.

Lucius Bunk, founder and managing partner at Auerbach Schifffahrt, said: “Following years of gradual organic growth we are delighted to have found the perfect partner to expand our operational business.

“Since inception we consider growth to be an imperative to maintain the necessary competitive edge and assure consistent top-quality service in an ever more regulated and complex environment. The new entity will be well placed to actively support our joined decarbonisation and digitalisation strategies to help transform our industry.”