Persons in charge
Kenneth Petersen - Chairman
Kenneth Petersen, born in 1940, joined Harper Petersen in 1959, working initially in their agency department. In 1960 he underwent his traineeship with three different shipping companies in Hamburg. On his return to London he worked for a year with Borchard Lines in order to gain knowledge of the workings of a typical liner company, and then returned to Harper Petersen entering their competitive chartering department. Initially he worked Baltic and Canadian timber, and then in the mid 1960's started in liner shipbroking. With the advent of cargo containerisation, his responsibilities changed to containership chartering, being active with a wide variety of British and international liner companies, chartering some 6/700 ships during this time. In 2000 he sold his shareholding to the Denholm group, but remained managing director of Harper Petersen till last year.
Harper Petersen & Co. (GmbH & Cie. KG) - Hamburg
Simon Aust - Managing Director
Simon Aust, born in 1976, has been working in shipping for 9 years. After his apprenticeship with Slomancharter, he continued with Sloman as a competitive broker focusing on Tweendeckers and Bulkcarriers as well as smaller Containerships. Simon also gained further experience as an Owners' broker whilst he was "subletted" to Vships, London working in the tweendeck market and Allen Chartering, Isle of man, where he assisted the company in looking after their Bulkcarrier fleet. Simon successfully passed the examination of the Institute of Chartererd Shipbrokers. He joined Harper Petersen on the 1st of March 2004 concentrating on exclusive tonnage.
Jim Davis - Managing Director
Jim Davis, born in the UK in 1977, joined Harper Petersen in April 2007. Jim had previously been working for us in China, where he set up Harper Petersen's Chinese subsidiary, Eight Dragons Ship Brokers Ltd. Prior to that he had worked for Clarksons in London.
Christian Müller - Pool Management / Finance
Christian Müller, born in 1973, joined Harper Petersen in October 2006. He began his career in 1992 as a bank apprentice in Hamburg. After working for five years in a bank's service and consulting department, he started to study "Mathematics and Economics" at the University of Hamburg in 1999. His studies focused on modelling and simulation, stochastic processes, operations research and industry business operations. Christian passed his degree in 2004. He then worked for about two years as an auditing assistant at Hansa Partner. It was here that Christian gained his knowledge of merchant shipping. He is now in charge of the pool management of exclusive tonnage at Harper Petersen. Christian also attends to the company's financial matters.
Arne Corleis - Chartering Broker
Arne Corleis, started his career in shipping with an apprenticeship at SAL in Germany, working in the worldwide heavy lift-/project cargo market. After successfully completing his apprenticeship and further 1.5 years with SAL, Arne decided to move into the container market and joined Continental Chartering in Hamburg until 2007. Arne joined the Harper Petersen Chartering Team in March 2007 working in our our Shanghai Representative Office until the beginning of 2010. In February 2010 he returned to Hamburg where he is concentrating on the container market.
Harper Petersen & Co. (Asia) Ltd. - Shanghai Representative Office
Hu Hui - Chief Representative
Hu Hui, born in 1975, has been working in shipping industry for 10 years. Hui started his shipping career as a Navigating Officer on APL container vessels after his graduation. After gaining knowledge of onboard operation, he began as a ship broker at Ernst Russ in 2001 largely concentrating on bulk market, where he worked in Beijing as well as Hamburg for 2 years. In 2004 he started working in the container market, joining Howe Robinson in Shanghai. He joined Harper Petersen in January 2007 as Chief Representative of the Shanghai Office.
Zhang Jin - Chartering Broker
Zhang Jin was born in 1976. After completing her bachelor degree at Shanghai Maritime University Zhang started her career in shipping at Minsheng Shipping Co., Ltd, working in their Shanghai Branch and Japan Office as chartering manager where she gained much experience in Far East feeder chartering market. After 7 years with Minsheng, Zhang joined our Shanghai Representative Office at the beginning of 2005 concentrating on the Far East feeder Market.
Fabian Oelze - Chartering Broker
Fabian Oelze, born in 1984, joined Harper Petersen at the beginning of September 2008. After succesfully completing his apprenticeship with E.R. Schiffahrt in Hamburg, he continued in its Operations Department for a period of 7 months being in charge for container vessels of several sizes prior to joining Harper Petersen. Fabian relocated to the Shanghai office in January 2010 where he is primarily focusing on competitive business.