Intermarine and WeShip combine to launch Intermarine Asia
Intermarine and project and breakbulk specialist WeShip Projects have jointly launched Intermarine Asia and committed to strengthening Intermarine’s position in Europe. 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.
“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 organisations to jointly grow the Intermarine presence in Asia and Europe,” said Svend Andersen, CEO of Intermarine.
Since its relaunch in 2020, Intermarine has developed its business within breakbulk and multipurpose shipping, having grown its fleet from six vessels in late 2020 to 25 in 2022. In 2021, Intermarine opened its second office outside the USA in Sao Paulo, Brazil, followed by the establishment of a European base in Odense, Denmark, in early 2022.
“I have known both Torben and Lars for many years, and I have been amazed with 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,” Andersen continues.
Under the combined setup, Intermarine will represent all cargo chartering activities, whereas the WeShip brand will continue as representation for port agency and logistic services in Thailand and neighbouring countries.
“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 built 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,” Torben Reinhard, now managing director of Intermarine Asia.
Lars Steen Rasmussen, now 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 organisation. 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.”