1978 founding

The foundation stone for the cooperation between the shareholders and subsequent company founding was already laid in the firm Transmar Schifffahrtskontor Adolf Feindt (Hamburg), in which Klaus-Peter Meerpahl worked until 1975 and Hans-Uwe Meyer until December 1977.

On January 1st, Meerpahl & Meyer oHG was founded by the two shareholders and former colleagues Klaus-Peter Meerpahl and Hans-Uwe Meyer. The first premises were in Schröderstr. 37 in Hamburg Hohenfelde. The fleet under commercial management initially comprised ten coastal motor ships of between 1,000 and 1,600 tdw.


The constantly expanding company moved to new premises in Domstrasse 11 in Hamburg Neustadt on January 1st.


Opening of Lübeck branch in 1990. The business areas included chartering, operating, competitive chartering, transhipment, operating, customs clearance, cargo control, forwarding and agency, especially for goods such as building materials and fertilisers.


Opening of Rostock branch on November 14th, offering agency and customs clearance services for ships of between 1,000 and 74,000 tdw.


Opening of Meerpahl & Meyer Bereederungs GbR in Buxtehude on November 1st. Because of a change in the ownership structure, the management was assumed by Hans-Uwe Meyer Bereederungs GmbH & Co. KG on October 30th, 2006. This has managed four units, two coastal motor ships and two container feeder vessels, up to the present day.


Founding of department for competitive chartering at the company headquarters in January, chartering approx. 1 million tonnes of mainly grain and feedstuff annually in the European coastal trade.


Opening of Wismar branch at the beginning of 1995. This is active exclusively in the agency area.
Owing to further expansion, the Hamburg headquarters moved again to new premises in Deichstraße 1 in Hamburg Neustadt in September.


Move of the Hamburg office to larger premises in Katharinenstr. 7-9 in Hamburg, where the company today has its “home port”.


Opening of branches in Stettin and Sopot in 2006. From there, the company is also able to offer a full agency service in the Polish Baltic region.

Opening of Duisburg branch on November 11th for meeting the increased requirements of the shipping industry locally. Seagoing, coastal and inland shipping are covered. Services offered include transporting industrial and agricultural raw materials and steel by sea, intermodal transport with feeder service via inland waterway or road, as well as franco domicile consignments.


Presently the company deploys 5 vessels of between 200 and 4,000 tdw on an exclusive basis. End of September the company headquarters was moved closer to the pulse of the port of Hamburg to the Große Elbstr. 14.