V.Ships Hamburg appoints new Managing Director

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V.Group has announced the appointment of Nils Aden as Managing Director of V.Ships Germany in Hamburg.

V.Group says the announcement reaffirms its commitment to growing in, and leading the transformation of, the German shipmanagement market. Last year, V.Group announced that it would invest in a centre of excellence for container shipmanagement in Hamburg, bringing together the best expertise to deliver the highest quality service for its customers.

As the shipmanagement segment consolidates, V.Group sees Hamburg as a key market, citing significant demand from the container, bulk, offshore and leisure segments for high quality, competitive and independent third-party ship managers embedded in the global V.Group company network.

Franck Kayser, Group Managing Director at V.Ships, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Nils on board as Managing Director of V.Ships Hamburg. Nils’ leadership skills and experience of facilitating two successful integrations of businesses and cultures means that he will play a significant and leading role as we look to add the capabilities of Norddeutsche Reederei to our existing V.Ships Hamburg business.

“As a highly respected figure within the global ship owning and management community, Nils is well placed to develop a high-performing team that will contribute fully to V.Group’s ambition to drive the transformation of the industry and to be the leading global provider of marine support services.”

Mr Aden added: “I am delighted to be joining V.Group, whose strong values, innovative culture and scale put it at the leading edge of the industry’s transformation. The combination of Hamburg’s proud maritime culture and long-term expertise with V.Group’s global track record of excellence and deep experience sets the stage for an exciting new chapter for modern third party management, driving further service enhancements and better value for our customers.”

Mr Aden joins V.Group from Zeaborn Ship Management, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer, with overall responsibility for shipmanagement activities, 300 colleagues ashore and 4,250 at sea. He has also been an executive board member since 2013.

He joined E.R.Schiffahrt in 2010 and since then has held a number of key roles, including Senior Project Manager and Managing Director with responsibility for chartering, marine operations, customer relations and insurance. In March this year, Hamburg-based E.R. Schiffahrt merged with Rickmers Ship Management to create Zeaborn Ship Management.