The president of the company, Captain Horst Zeppenfeld, began his career in the shipping industry as early as 1966 under the partnership of his two brothers with the first shipping company. In the year 1971, the shipping company Horst Zeppenfeld GmbH & Co. KG was founded.
The office is located in the centre of Elsfleth and welcomes its customers and suppliers with a maritime flair.
In spite of the rapid development in the shipping industry, we have never lost sight of our traditional values and continuously try to keep up with the market needs. We rigorously follow this concept, thus ensuring that our management stands for reliability and quality wherever it sails and with whomever it co-operates. This is the key factor for our long-lasting success in the industry. In the past, the company bought, built,owned and managed around 80 ships.
However, due to the attractive second hand market a considerable number of ships were sold and it is now the company’s aim to re build the fleet with modern tonnage. Today five ships are managed. They are operated by multinational crews. We have an excellent pool of experienced and well trained officers and seamen, most of whom have worked for us for many years.
The modern container fleet is mostly employed under long-term time charter contracts and offers services around the world.
Over the last 25 years, Mr. Horst Zeppenfeld, his experienced employees and skilled engineers have worked hard to make the fleet and the company what they are today.
Besides the Management, there are following departments:Technical and Nautical Inspection, Purchasing, Operating and Finance & Accounting. By intensive training and education, the specialized know-how is continuously extended to guarantee into the future a reliable and successful service to our worldwide customers.