Magellan Maritime Services

MAGELLAN Maritime Services was founded on August 14, 1995, with its headquarters in Hamburg. This was the first milestone in what was to become the Maritime group.

Carsten Jans, shipping merchant and company founder, had originally aimed at applying his thirty-five years of experience in ship-owning companies, shipping agents and NVOCC operators in Hamburg and Bremen to reducing the empty sea container transport costs that occur in maritime shipping.
MAGELLAN began a customer-oriented service, which is still unique in the world, using an innovative system that combines container logistics and shipping insurance.

As a result of the increased market demand, we were opening our own branch office in Hong Kong, MAGELLAN Maritime Services (HK) Ltd, at the same time. The branch made a great contribution to the success of our company between 1995 and 2003.
The current enormous expansion of China and our business concentration in the region around Shanghai led us to move our Hong Kong office to Shanghai in April 2004. Co-owner Bai Ding manages our business in MAGELLAN Maritime Services (Shanghai) Ltd.

The foundation of our office in New York in 1998, which was relocated to Chicago in March 2000, rounded off MAGELLAN Maritime Services’ global presence in the three most important economic centres perfectly. Brian Cook from Evergreen Park, Chicago, came aboard as a co-owner to manage MAGELLAN Maritime Services (USA) LLC. With over 37 years of professional experience in shipping, road haulage and container trading, Brian John Cook is one of the pioneers in the containerised transport market.

Our current activities range from services involving the reduction of empty transport costs to our particular speciality, leasing, financing and trading ocean containers worldwide.

Our combination of experience and capable staff ensures ideal services and capability in all areas involving containers. This is the basis of our success.

We can safely claim to play a major role in the global container market with our innovative concepts.