Foundation in Lübeck

1865

Foundation in Lübeck

23-year old Friedrich H. Bertling founded his company in 1865 as a freight forwarding, brokerage and agency business in Lübeck, Germany.

Steamships and shipping services

1877

Steamships and shipping services

Friedrich H. Bertling acquired interests in steamship firms and operated regular liner services between Germany and the Baltic States.

Connection to telephone network

1884

Connection to telephone network

Bertling was one of the first companies in Lübeck which was connected to the telephone network in 1884.

Commitment to Lübeck

1886

Commitment to Lübeck

Friedrich H. Bertling assumed several honorary positions for the benefit of Lübeck. He was involved in the construction of the ... read more

Jacob Bertling joined the company

1888

Jacob Bertling joined the company

In 1888, under the lead of Jakob Bertling, offices were opened in Hamburg, Riga and Stettin. He founded the... read more

Honorary Consul of two Kingdoms

1906

Honorary Consul of two Kingdoms

In 1906, Jakob was appointed Royal Norwegian Consul, Royal Swedish Consul and a Knight First Class of the Royal... read more

"Hochofenwerk Lübeck" as client

1907

"Hochofenwerk Lübeck" as client

Bertling became the exclusive broker and charterer of the “Lübeck Hochofenwerk”, which remained an important customer for many years.

Wilhelm Heinemeier took over

1916

Wilhelm Heinemeier took over

Wilhelm Heinemeier took over the management of the company in 1916 and started to invest in his own steamships... read more

Profits during arms build-up

1930

Profits during arms build-up

Initially, many German companies profited from the arms build-up which also led to full order books at Bertling.

Willy Brandt volunteered at Bertling

1932

Willy Brandt volunteered at Bertling

From 1932 to 1933, Willy Brandt, who later became German Chancellor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, volunteered at Bertling.

Willi & Ludwig Heinemeier joined

1935

Willi & Ludwig Heinemeier joined

After the death of Wilhelm Heinemeier in 1935, his sons Willi and Ludwig took over as Directors and led the company through... read more

Difficult post-war years

1945

Difficult post-war years

After the Second World War, Bertling’s offices in Stettin and Riga were lost, most of the steamships and barges were either... read more

Bertling in a separated Germany

1949

Bertling in a separated Germany

The economy suffered from the division of Germany. The Port of Lübeck lost its importance due to growing competition... read more

Marianna Heinemeier joined

1969

Marianna Heinemeier joined

Shortly after Berling’s 100th anniversary, Ludwig Heinemeier died. His youngest daughter, Marianna Heinemeier, joined... read more

Liner agency for MSC

1980

Liner agency for MSC

Ralf Petersen developed a strong cooperation with MSC and Bertling took over their liner agency. New offices were... read more

On fleet of vessels, break-bulk services and project logistics

1985

On fleet of vessels, break-bulk services and project logistics

While the chartering and ship-owing division generated excellent profits resulting from... read more

A globally operating company

2015

A globally operating company

Today the Bertling Group has 80 offices in 40 countries across all continents. 1,500 employees work in the three main... read more

Growing fleet of vessels

2015

Growing fleet of vessels

Bertling’s fleet comprises 21 ships, including two tanker vessels. As part of an extensive fleet renewal program, additional vessels... read more

A family business until today

2015

A family business until today

The Managing Partners, Marianna Heinemeier, Ralf Petersen, together with the Board Members, Dirk Juergensen, ... read more

150 successfuly years in business

2015

150 successfuly years in business

In 2015 the Bertling Group celebrates its 150th anniversary and proudly looks back on its achievements. The continuous ... read more