To strengthen its position in Europe, Intermarine is collaborating with breakbulk cargo specialist WeShip Projects to launch Intermarine Asia. Torben Reinhard and Lars Steen Rasmussen, partners in WeShip and well-known names in the industry, join Intermarine’s commercial team as part of the deal.
Svend Andersen, CEO of Intermarine, says: “Intermarine and WeShip have already partnered successfully for over a year now in the Asia-Pacific trade, and we are very excited to combine our organizations to jointly grow the Intermarine presence in Asia and Europe.”
Post its relaunch in 2020, Intermarine has managed to achieve success in multipurpose and breakbulk shipping by growing its fleet from 6 vessels to 25 in a span of 2 years. In 2021, Intermarine inaugurated its second office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, followed by another one in Odense (Denmark).
Andersen continues: “I have known both Torben and Lars for many years, and I have been amazed at the business they have built at WeShip over the past four years. That we can now launch Intermarine in Asia under the leadership of Torben, makes me tremendously proud and happy. Having Lars as part of our European operations significantly strengthens our setup here, as well.”
As per the partnership, Intermarine will take care of all cargo chartering activities whereas WeShip will handle port agency and other logistic services within Thailiand & neighbouring countries.
Torben Reinhard, now Managing Director of Intermarine Asia, states: “Our journey with WeShip has been incredible, but we could also see that the opportunities with Intermarine would be far greater than what we could build up ourselves. We have a strong network of clients and contacts throughout Asia and adding a quality product like Intermarine will only propel our presence in the region. I am truly looking forward to being part of the Intermarine team and to collaborating with colleagues in the broader SAL Heavy Lift and Harren Group constellation to which Intermarine belongs.”
Lars Steen Rasmussen, newly appointed COO of Intermarine Denmark, adds: “To combine the tremendous know-how that sits within the Intermarine organization with the relationships that WeShip has built over the years makes in my eyes a really strong commercial setup and a journey that I am really looking forward to embarking on.”
Dr. Martin Harren, CEO of the Harren Group, concludes: “The development of Intermarine has simply been amazing – thanks to the dedicated and passionate teams in the organization. I am very proud to see Intermarine taking this next step in its journey and expanding towards Asia, not only strengthening its own business but also adding to the global portfolio and presence of our entire group. I am very happy to welcome Torben, Lars and the WeShip team to our family.”