Multipurpose carriers face fresh competition from the Press family’s return to the shipping sector with new company d.ship Carriers.
The German freight-forwarding dynasty owns global project forwarding group deugro.
With chartering and technical offices in Bremen, Houston, Singapore, and Tokyo, d.ship will operate as a separate entity alongside deugro, which controls significant volumes of project cargo.
A motivation behind the launch of d.ship is to claw back project chartering business, which used to be handled by freight forwarders but today is directly fixed between beneficial cargo owners and project carriers.
d.ship will operate multipurpose, heavy lift, and bulk vessels with capacities between 5,000 dwt and 50,000 dwt and combined lifting capacities of up to 500 tonnes, said the Press family in a press release.
The Press family was active in shipping in the 1970s and 1980s with its own multipurpose and ro/ro tramp and liner operations focused on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.