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About Us

Traditional values with modern thinking - loyalty, flexibility, reliability, foresight and readiness are our bywords.
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Corporate Video

Serving international shipping - Liner, chemical tanker and dry cargo services across Europe and Africa.
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Success based on tradition - The group of companies has a long, proud history going back over 120 years.
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Honorary Consulate

Consulate - The company headquarters is home to the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of South Africa.
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Welcome to
Deutsche Afrika-Linien / John T. Essberger

The Deutsche Afrika-Linien/John T. Essberger Group of Companies dates back to the year 1924 when the former Imperial Navy Officer, Commander John Theodor Essberger established himself as a tanker ship owner in Hamburg.

Today the group consists of the Deutsche Afrika-Linien operating traditional liner services to Southern Africa, East Africa and the Islands of the Indian Ocean, and John T.Essberger with its chemical tanker, dry cargo and ship management divisions. Read more