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Ahrenkiel Steamship is a technical ship management company that manages its own fleet and those of selected customers. Our focus is on container ships between 1,000 and 3,000 TEU.
As a company that is part of the MPC Capital Group, we offer our customers commercial management via Contchart, as well as investment management and access to the financial market via the MPC Capital Group.
Our company is based on a foundation of innovation and tradition. As a modern and future-oriented shipping company, we build upon the decades of experience of our three founding companies. Our employees and their expertise are our most valuable asset.
We value our people and encourage innovative thinking at sea and onshore. Together we continually strive to supply efficient and high-quality ship management services to our customers.
Our vision is to become the preferred ship manager while maintaining the highest standard of customer satisfaction and to deliver sustained growth to our shareholders as a result.
Ahrenkiel Steamship is part of the MPC Capital Group. It was founded in April 2014, when the shipping companies MPC Steamship and Thien & Heyenga merged with the Ahrenkiel-Group. Read more about our history here.
Our service offer would not be complete without our partners. They give us the possibility to support our customers in all areas.
Marlow Navigation is a globally recognised and reliable partner in the field of crew management. With a network that comprises more than 10 countries, roughly 800 employees on land and 14,000 employees at sea, Marlow is our partner for crewing.
AVB is our joint venture between Ahrenkiel Steamship and H. Vogemann shipping company and specialises in the management of bulk carriers.
The Management Board of Ahrenkiel Steamship consists of Dr Michael Silies, Olaf Staats and Jan-Eric Panitzki. They are accompanying the growth process of Ahrenkiel Steamship and contributing their broad specialist knowledge gained in their different areas of competence.
Olaf Staats has a degree in financial economics and is also a tax consultant. His main focus has been on the shipping industry since 1981 and he has held executive positions at Ahrenkiel since 2005. Following the joint venture, Olaf Staats was appointed CFO of Ahrenkiel Steamship in 2014.
Jan-Eric Panitzki has a Master's licence and has been working in the shipping industry since 1984. Having held executive positions at multiple shipping companies, he joined Ahrenkiel Steamship as COO in April 2015.
The fleet list of Ahrenkiel Steamship comprises all container ships and their detailed specifications. The bulk carriers are managed by Ahrenkiel Vogemann Bulk.
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Second round financing of MPC Container Ships AS successfully completed
Hamburg/Oslo, June 9, 2017 - 'MPC Container Ships AS' today raised a further USD 75 million as part of a capital increase with international institutional investors. With the new funds, additional feeder container ships will be acquired in the size between 1,000 and 3,000 standard containers (TEUs) on the second-hand market.
The initial raise of USD 100 million in April 2017 was almost fully invested within just one month. The fleet of MPC Container Ships AS currently consists of 13 container ships and is managed mainly by the MPC Capital subsidiaries Ahrenkiel Steamship and Contchart.
Since the end of May, the shares of MPC Container Ships AS have been trading on the Merkur Market of the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker 'MPCC-ME'. The company has its offices and is registered in Oslo.
MPC Capital AG has initiated an investment company with USD 100 million in equity
Hamburg, 12 April 2017 - MPC Capital AG, an international asset and investment manager, has initiated an investment company with a focus on small-size container ships between 1,000 and 3,000 TEU. Yesterday the newly formed 'MPC Container Ships AS' raised USD 100 million in equity in a private placement towards international institutional investors and family offices in the Norwegian capital market. Following its corporate investment strategy, MPC Capital is a co-investor.
Based on the current pipeline exceeding 100 vessels, capital proceeds are expected to be fully deployed within 2017. An initial fleet of attractive assets has already been secured. Among other partners, MPC Capital's subsidiaries, Ahrenkiel Steamship and Contchart, are offering technical and commercial management services to the fleet.
First signs of a recovery are currently seen in the container shipping market, with freight rates above 2016 levels and charter rates trending up in the first quarter of 2017. Market analysts, Maritime Strategies International (MSI), projects a market-wide recovery, while highlighting that supply and demand dynamics for the small-size segment are particularly favourable as they provide insulation against downside risks. Overcapacity in the container market has led to a historic downturn in charter rates and asset values. Analysts therefore see attractive investment opportunities in the market - a view shared by MPC Capital.
Ulf Holländer, CEO of MPC Capital AG, comments: "The transaction marks a further milestone in the history of the MPC Group. It shows our vital competence to structure innovative deals in the shipping business. And it underpins our ability to identify attractive investment opportunities in niche sectors that are ahead of markets and to connect investors to this strategy."
The shares of MPC Container Ships AS initially will be registered on the Norwegian OTC list. It is intended to list the shares on a reputable stock exchange within 2017. Fearnley Securities AS acted as Sole Bookrunner and Manager on the transaction, while Fearnley Project Finance AS acted as Selling Agent.
About MPC Capital AG
MPC Capital AG is an independent asset and investment manager for real asset investments. Together with its subsidiaries, the company develops and manages real asset investments and investment products for international institutional investors, family offices and professional investors. Its focus is on the asset categories Real Estate, Shipping and Infrastructure. MPC Capital AG has been quoted on the stock exchange since 2000 and has around 250 employees group-wide.
Ahrenkiel Steamship and H. Vogemann join forces on ship management for bulk carriers.
Hamburg, 30 November 2016 - The Hamburg shipping companies Ahrenkiel Steamship GmbH & Co. KG ("Ahrenkiel Steamship") and H. Vogemann Reederei GmbH & Co. KG ("Vogemann") are merging their activities involving the technical management of bulk carriers. The joint venture set up for this purpose, with the name of Ahrenkiel Vogemann Bulk GmbH & Co. KG ("AVB"), starts out managing a fleet of 14 bulk carriers with a total freight capacity of around 1 million tdw including three vessels of Hamburg-based KG Reederei Roth GmbH & Co. ("Reederei Roth"). The fleet's focus is currently on the Supramax and Panamax segments, but there are plans to branch out into other size categories. For example, two new Handysize vessels are expected to go into service at Reederei Roth in the first quarter of 2017 and will likewise be managed by AVB.
The majority shareholder of AVB is Ahrenkiel Steamship, which belongs to the MPC Capital Group. Dr Michael Silies and Jan-Eric Panitzki (both Ahrenkiel Steamship) alongside Karl Mohr (Vogemann) have been appointed as the directors. Ahrenkiel Steamship and Vogemann had already established a joint pool for Supramax bulk carriers last year. The new joint venture that is now taking shape, with its operational base at Vogemann's business premises in Hamburg-Rotherbaum, is intended to take the partnership between the companies to the next level and secure an improved market position by unlocking synergies in technical management. Vogemann will take charge of chartering for the bulk carriers managed by AVB.
The market for bulk carriers is one of the areas of merchant shipping to have stabilised in recent months. After touching a low of 300 points in February 2016, the Baltic Dry Index has experienced a resurgence over the remainder of the year. In November the BDI moved above 1,200 points, its highest level since the end of 2014.
"In establishing the joint venture we are significantly extending our expertise in the bulk carrier area, which complements our existing focus on the midsize container ship segment. The strategic merger of bulk operations brings huge advantages for both partners because by combining our efforts we can now offer a unified market presence and a broad range of services. We are open to other partners joining," commented Dr Michael Silies, CEO of Ahrenkiel Steamship and Director of the new joint venture AVB.
Jens-Michael Arndt, Managing Partner of the H. Vogemann Group, added: "In today's difficult market environment close cooperation among partners is crucial. By pooling the partners' capacities we are boosting our competitiveness in the technical management of bulk carriers and have plans to expand this area further over the coming months."
Shipping by people – our employees are the most important factor for our company, both ashore and on board.
Ahrenkiel Steamship is proud to be part of the MPC Group. MPC Capital AG provides Ahrenkiel Steamship with HR Services throughout the entire working cycle. Please visit their website at www.mpc-capital.de/careers to find career opportunities at Ahrenkiel Steamship. We will be glad to receive your application.
For jobs on board our vessels, please contact our partner Marlow Shipmanagement. We are looking forward to welcoming you on board!
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