F.A. Vinnen & Co. presently operates a fleet of 8 modern container vessels.
The ships are in possession of individual ships participation companies. F.A. Vinnen & Co. and its shareholders own essential parts of these companies. The ships are managed under a comprehensive contract by F.A. Vinnen & Co. with the purpose of negotiating profitable charter arrangements with the dominant international shipping lines. The operation of the vessels and the profitable chartering to the shipping lines of the world are among the main tasks.
The vessels are usually employed under time charter contracts with the big container liner companies. In this F.A Vinnen & Co. takes advantage of its long standing excellent contact and good personal relationships to many of these liner companies world-wide.
In the past 30 years the Vinnen-vessels have sailed for almost all charterers and through their excellent service, their high technical standard and their reliability have built up a strong "goodwill" with them. We help to fulfil the promises that our charterers give to their clients.
Thus the Vinnen vessels have been employed in the liner services of such well-known companies like MAERSK, MSC, Hapag Lloyd, ZIM, NYK, CMA-CGM, Hamburg Süd among many others.
People know and like the "Merkur"-vessels of F.A. Vinnen. This guarantees the chance to secure good timecharter employment and even in times of slow charter markets we are able to find adequate employment for the tonnage that has been entrusted to us. The financially successful managerment of the vessels is secured by a young team at the companies headquarters in Bremen. Experienced manager and competent engineers put in all their energy for the fleet and the company. Our managing director is Michael Vinnen who heads the company as the seventh generation in his family. Even for Germany that is a very unusual proof of continuity. In 2001 he has taken over from his father Christel vinnen, who was responsible of the company for the 40 years. Christel Vinnen still acts as Senior Advisor to the company and offers his wealth of experience.
On board of the vessels we rely on an excellent pool of experienced and well educated officers and seamen who mostly work for Vinnen since many years. For the selection and employment of foreign seamen we are using the service of our own crewing agencies. In total we employ up to 300 seamen.