The Thome Group and Carsten Rehder have agreed to establish a joint venture, responsible for the ship management of the latter’s fleet of dry bulk, container and multipurpose vessels.

As a result of the agreement, the ship management staff at Carsten Rehder will be absorbed into the joint venture, which will be named Thome Shipmanagement Germany.

Carsten Rehder will remain independent as shipowners and commercial managers. Thome Germany, meanwhile, will seek to win new ship management business in Europe, separate from the business managed by the company’s Croatian office.

Carsten Rehder and Thome Germany have also agreed to work together on projects of mutual interest.

Thomas Rehder, managing director of Carsten Rehder, said: “Entering into this collaboration with the Thome Group makes sense as the German and international shipping markets have changed over the last ten years. For German shipowners, third-party ship management services have become a more important part of the business.

“The Thome Group was the obvious choice as it is a respected and internationally renowned professional operator with a strong presence in the tanker, bulk and offshore markets. Carsten Rehder’s focus on container and multipurpose business in addition to bulk, will complement this profile, especially for European markets.”