The success of Reederei Gerdes is based on the many years of hands-on experience and rich technical nautical expertise of Captain Josef Gerdes, and the commercial talent of his wife Agnes, who founded the successful company in 1993.

Nicole Gerdes, daughter of the entrepreneurial couple, is now leading the business through commitment and a vision for sustainable logistics. We purposefully have retained the characteristics of a family led business, which for us means:

A flat organisational structure, which creates a good working environment that promotes self-directed work and strengthens the motivation of our teams on board and land.

A lean organisation, that allows us to respond quickly and flexibly to market demands and other everyday life challenges.

A personal relationship with our partners and investors, empowering us to always find tailored solutions that achieve optimum results.

Conclusion: Having a single point of control comes with a lot of advantages.

Good collaboration is natural for us. Less room for friction and more effective workflows: This saves time and resources and benefits everyone.

Effective cooperation with our partners, investors and financial institutions is just as important for us, like the collaborative working culture in the company itself.

Familiar, competent and modern

We know that the success of any company is based on the performance of its employees. It is therefore particularly important that the teams on land and at sea are motivated and highly trained, that the ships are in optimum running condition, and that customer service is personal. All of the above are essential for the safe and successful operation of our vessels and ensures satisfaction with measurable results.

Resource optimiser

It is important for us to utilise the resources available in a responsible manner. We focus on longevity and sustainability to retain our competitive advantage in future.