German ship management company Ahrenkiel Steamship has signed a cooperation agreement with DNV GL Maritime to consolidate its entire fleet at DNV GL.
The 62 ships of Ahrenkiel Steamship will join the DNV GL fleet in service, and plans for upgrading the vessels are also in progress.
Ahrenkiel Steamship managing director Nick Topham said: "Our focus is on building up a strong fleet, maximising the quality of our services and increasing our efficiency.
"DNV GL has a long-standing track record of excellence and reliability and having a strong expert technical partner like DNV GL ensures that we can increase our competiveness while delivering uncompromising quality to our customers."
The cooperation agreement was signed during the SMM trade fair in Hamburg.
DNV GL – Maritime CEO Tor E Svensen said: "Their focus on delivering quality and efficiency matches our own and by consolidating their entire fleet at DNV GL they will be able to draw on a breadth of our services and expert technical support that is unique in the industry."
Hamburg-based Ahrenkiel Steamship Group was established through the merging of three German ship management companies and today mostly deals with containers and bulk carriers.
In April of this year, Thien & Heyenga and MPC Group acquired Ahrenkiel Group and operations are currently managed by MPC Münchmeyer Petersen Steamship and Thien & Heyenga.
The new company owns a fleet of 1,000TEU to 2,999TEU feeder vessels among its non-operating owners.
Image: CEO of DNV GL Maritime Tor E Svensen and MD of Ahrenkiel Steamship Nick Topham at SMM, Hamburg. Photo: courtesy of DNV GL AS.