Competence and Experience

HARPER PETERSEN provides a comprehensive and wide variety of shipbroking services to the maritime industry with its main focus on the container shipping market.

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Our headquarter is in Hamburg and our other locations include Singapore, Shanghai and the Netherlands.


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About us


HARPER PETERSEN offers a wide range of shipbroking and commercial chartering services of container vessels of all different sizes. We are located in Hamburg, Germany, with branch offices in  Shanghai, The Netherlands and Singapore. 

HARPER PETERSEN was founded in 1943 in the UK, and in the 1980's went on to become one of the leading chartering agents for P & O Containers, Nedlloyd, Safmarine, United Arab Shipping, CSAV, CP Ships group, Crowley and Harrisons.

In 2003 Hamburg based ER Schifffahrt and Rickmers Reederei became joint shareholders of HARPER PETERSEN and assumed full ownership in 2004.

In September 2004 a subsidiary company, Eight Dragons Ship Brokers Ltd, was founded in Hong Kong together with a representative office in Shanghai in order to expand business in Asia. This company was renamed Harper Petersen & Co. (Asia) Ltd. in August 2007 in order to give a common brand to our business activities worldwide.

CONTCHART was founded in 2012 by Thien & Heyenga. In autumn 2012, MPC Münchmeyer Petersen Steamship, Ahrenkiel Shipmanagement and GB Shipping & Chartering became new partners of the joint venture.

In 2015 HARPER PETERSEN started a bulk desk with the focus to look exclusively after the bulk carriers of its shareholders and in 2016 the company expanded its business activities in Asia by establishing Harper Petersen & Co. Pte. Ltd., Singapore.

In 2016 CONTCHART became a fully owned subsidiary of MPC Capital. End of 2018 CONTCHART opened branch offices in the Netherlands and Singapore.

In 2018, HARPER PETERSEN was sold to Bremen-based Zeaborn Group, which in 2019 joined forces with MPC Capital, merging their activities in shipbroking, chartering and commercial management in a newly found joint venture and under the traditional shipbroker brand HARPER PETERSEN .






Fixtures in 2019



The joint venture between CONTCHART and HARPER PETERSEN was formed to gain a wider commercial presence in the fast changing and challenging world of today’s shipping industry. By bringing together the competence and experience of the Zeaborn and MPC groups and their dedicated staff, HARPER PETERSEN was able to strengthen its global market presence and to further enhance the efficiency of its working processes. The diverse fleet of vessels represented enables HARPER PETERSEN to offer its clients a quality-oriented, personalized and independent service. It is our vision to be your first class partner with a deep market insight and an overall coverage who conducts a close personal and reliable network within the maritime industry.

HARPER PETERSEN – a leading partner in shipbroking services and commercial vessel management providing opportunities in worldwide maritime trade.
Through understanding our customers’ business & a differentiated approach we deliver personal, reliable, efficient & flexible quality services.



The Harpex

The HARPEX (HARPER PETERSEN Charter Rates Index) is published by HARPER PETERSEN and reflects the worldwide price development on the charter market for container ships. The HARPEX was originally developed in 2004 and adjusted in 2011 in response to clients and users. The Charter Rates are assessed weekly basis 6-12 months fixtures and actual business concluded in the market each week.

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we customize for our clients

Our services include chartering, operations and accounting. All these services are especially customized for our clients.





We manage a broad fleet

The fleet list of HARPER PETERSEN comprises all container ships and their detailed specifications.


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Team & Contact


Each member of our team is an expert in his or her field and together we make sure that our customers get the best service. Contact our experts directly, we are happy to support.  


in Europe and Asia



Join our team – our employees are the most important factor for our company.

Currently we have no vacancies, but we are always looking for qualified personnel and would be happy to receive your on-spec application 

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