Our history

Starting small – growing slowly – succeeding continuously.

The Hartmann Group developed from a one-ship-company to a global network of maritime specialist companies with more than 5,000 employees and an operating fleet of more than 150 vessels. Have a look.

  • Founding of the company by Captain Alfred Hartmann
    The first vessel is the coaster EMS-LINER.
  • Delivery of the first gas tanker
  • The company moves to „Haus der Schiffahrt“ in Leer - still the headquarters of Hartmann Reederei.
  • Establishment of Intership Navigation in Limassol, Cyprus
    Entering a new market segment: bulk carriers
  • Establishing of GasChem Services in Hamburg, Germany
    Implementing the principle of „direct access to cargo“ for the first time
  • Opening of ISNTC, an in-house training centre for Filipino seafarers
  • Founding of a holding company for the group of companies: Hartmann AG
  • Delivery of the first container ship to Hartmann Reederei in Leer
  • Opening of Hartmann Shipping Asia in Singapore and hence expansion into the Asian market
  • Dr. Niels Hartmann takes up the post as CEO of the Hartmann Group.
  • Delivery of the first pneumatic cement carrier to Intership Navigation
  • Opening of „Hartmann House“ in Limassol on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Intership Navigation
  • Alfred Hartmann elected President of the German Shipowners‘ Association (VDR)
  • Delivery of the first ethane carrier to Hartmann Reederei in Leer