Shipping line STINNES

The Hugo Stinnes Schiffahrt GmbH traces it´s roots back to the year 1820, when Matthias Stinnes (1790 - 1845) established his first Rhine River Barge Company, a fleet of 66 vessels, dedicated for his own coal transport. All vessels were built at a Stinnes shipyard.

Hugo Stinnes ( 1870 - 1924) , one of Germany´s most influential and controversial entrepreneurs, founded a Transatlantic shipping company, the HUGO Stinnes Schiffahrts Gesellschaft in 1907, in order to be independent from the European energy resources.

In 1992, the HUGO Stinnes Schiffahrts GmbH placed a 50:50 Joint Venture with the 1952 established Deutsche Seereederei (DSR) . The new DSR/Stinnes West Indies Services operated from its home base Hamburg Services to Mexico and the West Coast of South-America.

Today the renamed Hugo Stinnes Schiffahrt GmbH is 100% owned by STINNES HOLDING GmbH. It operates a 3-weekly multipurpose Liner service from North Europe to Mexico, the US Gulf and the Caribbean and a weekly FCL Service to South Africa on slot-charter basis.

In 2002, the headquarters were relocated to Rostock. For future developments of Hugo Stinnes Schiffahrt GmbH, please watch out for updates on our "NEWS" category.


The present liner shipping activities of Hugo Stinnes Schiffahrt GmbH are focused on niche markets between North Europe and Mexico/Caribbean on one hand and South Africa on the other. Both trade lanes are operated by services, designed for the needs of our customers, with excellent cargo handlings, fast transits times and professional consulting of our customers via our headquarter in Rostock.

As a complementary extension to our liner services to the Caribbean and to Mexico we are able to provide chartering and brokerage services. Enabling us to offer our customers the most convenient choice either per liner or charter service.