Chemical Tankers Division is part of the Deutsche Afrika-Linien/John T. Essberger Group of Companies. Click on the logo below for more information about the Group.
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Issue Apr 17
Dal will continue to provide a reliable service to South Africa
Essberger Tankers is a leading operator of chemical tankers within Europe. The fleet consists of 22 highly sophisticated vessels capable of
carrying a wide range of high grade chemicals, and the long term future of the company is underpinned by an ambitious newbuilding program.
Essberger Tankers covers the following main trade areas:
> North Sea
John T Essberger, a German Naval Commander, founded his own ship owning company in Hamburg in 1924.
Since that time, the company has been actively involved in many different aspects of shipping, including tankers, container ships and dry cargo vessels. Essberger was one of the pioneers of purpose built parcel tankers in the early seventies, and for more than 30 years a prime focus of the company has been the operation of high class stainless steel chemical coasters. The company has remained a family owned business throughout its long history, and the current joint Managing Directors are the grandsons of John T Essberger.
John T Essberger joined forces with VOPAK Chemical Tankers in 2001 and the two companies operated under the name VOPAK Essberger Chempool until VOPAK Chemical Tankers was acquired by Essberger in 2004. In 2008, following the adoption of standardised procedures within the Chartering and Operations departments of both offices, the brand name of the company was changed to Essberger Tankers.
Chartering and Operations for both offices was consolidated in Hamburg in 2014. Meanwhile, Ship Management, Vetting and Crewing activities remain in place in Hamburg.
Essberger Tankers is proud of its unique history, a history that has resulted in a state of the art fleet manned and operated by highly committed and experienced personnel, known and trusted by all shippers of bulk liquids in Europe.