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JOHS. THODE - History

The traditional family business was founded in 1890 as a sole shipbroking company by Mr. Becker, Mr. Thode and Mr. Ascher (BTA). Its primary task at that time was to employ coasters in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. A little later own tonnage was built to expand business into ship owning and ship management. However, in the course of World War I+II the existing fleet got lost.

After 1945 the size of ships and thereby the trading areas slowly expanded. At the end of the sixties the company was one of the first to fix a new type of container vessels, equipped with cellguides. Subsequently chartering activities concentrated on container feeder ships which were managed and owned by experienced, partly seafaring master-owners and fixed on an exclusive basis.

In the mid-seventies the company began to build and manage their own ships again.

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After an initial partnership with Mr. Becker jr., Mr. Kurt Behrens took over the company in 1979 as sole owner. In 1967 his son, Mr. Dieter Behrens, joined the company as managing partner. Since 1988 Mr. Dieter Behrens has owned and operated the company as sole partner.

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