23-year old Friedrich H. Bertling founded his company in 1865 as a freight forwarding, brokerage and agency business in Lübeck, Germany.
Friedrich H. Bertling acquired interests in steamship firms and operated regular liner services between Germany and the Baltic States.
Bertling was one of the first companies in Lübeck which was connected to the telephone network in 1884.
Friedrich H. Bertling assumed several honorary positions for the benefit of Lübeck. He was involved in the construction of the ... read more
In 1888, under the lead of Jakob Bertling, offices were opened in Hamburg, Riga and Stettin. He founded the... read more
In 1906, Jakob was appointed Royal Norwegian Consul, Royal Swedish Consul and a Knight First Class of the Royal... read more
Bertling became the exclusive broker and charterer of the “Lübeck Hochofenwerk”, which remained an important customer for many years.
Wilhelm Heinemeier took over the management of the company in 1916 and started to invest in his own steamships... read more
Initially, many German companies profited from the arms build-up which also led to full order books at Bertling.
From 1932 to 1933, Willy Brandt, who later became German Chancellor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, volunteered at Bertling.
After the death of Wilhelm Heinemeier in 1935, his sons Willi and Ludwig took over as Directors and led the company through... read more
After the Second World War, Bertling’s offices in Stettin and Riga were lost, most of the steamships and barges were either... read more
The economy suffered from the division of Germany. The Port of Lübeck lost its importance due to growing competition... read more
Shortly after Berling’s 100th anniversary, Ludwig Heinemeier died. His youngest daughter, Marianna Heinemeier, joined... read more
Ralf Petersen developed a strong cooperation with MSC and Bertling took over their liner agency. New offices were... read more
While the chartering and ship-owing division generated excellent profits resulting from... read more
Today the Bertling Group has 80 offices in 40 countries across all continents. 1,500 employees work in the three main... read more
Bertling’s fleet comprises 21 ships, including two tanker vessels. As part of an extensive fleet renewal program, additional vessels... read more
The Managing Partners, Marianna Heinemeier, Ralf Petersen, together with the Board Members, Dirk Juergensen, ... read more
In 2015 the Bertling Group celebrates its 150th anniversary and proudly looks back on its achievements. The continuous ... read more