The founding members of the pool are: Enzian Ship Management of Zurich, Switzerland, Freese Shipping of Stade, Germany, and Clipper Projects of Copenhagen, Denmark. The new pool will initially comprise fourteen 15-20,000-dwt vessels. However, it is the intention of the members to expand the pool with additional members and tonnages ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 dwt. The pool will be managed by Clipper Projects and will supplement the existing Clipper Projects fleet which now numbers 45 modern multi-purpose vessels. “The new pool will enable us to offer unique services to the market in terms of availability and quality. We firmly believe that the key to success is that we tailor our services to the needs of our customers’ requirements, instead of the other way around, and the flexibility we are able to offer with the larger fleet will be quite difficult to match,” says Kristian Morch, Partner and CEO of Clipper Projects.
Kai Freese, Director of Freese Shipping, is excited about the pool membership with Clipper and Enzian “All the members are, like us, focused on quality and reliability,” he says. “And the new multi-purpose pool is definitely the right home for our vessels, as it will enable us to take part in the further consolidation in the industry, while providing optimal services to our customers.”
Tim Schnoor of Enzian says that “it has always been the company’s aim to work with a small number of market players only and to capitalize on opportunities as and when they arise. The relationship with Clipper dates back more than a decade and this pool membership is a clear sign of the mutual trust existing between the members. Therefore, we see this pooling of resources as a natural outcome and as an important step towards enhancing the pool’s strategic capabilities for the benefit of both customers and members.”