J. Johannsen & Sohn - Towage services and mooring in Lübeck
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As mooring, tow shipping and service business in the Lübeck ports, we are available for you around the clock.
24 h HOTLINE: +49 (0)451 / 40 88 10
Member of the:
European Tugowners Association
European Boatmen´s Association
Vereinigung Lübecker Schiffsmakler und Schiffsagenten e.V. zu Lübeck
Hafenbetriebsverein Lübeck e.V.
The shipping company was founded by Captain Joachim Johannsen and his son Eduard in Lübeck in 1896. The enterprise was active as lighter with own steam barges, with which the sailers in fairways were unloaded and towed to various unloading points in port. Simultaneously, sailers were towed to the Trave and jockeyed to the quay in the Lübeck ports.
The shipping company has endured two world wars and many other difficult times as small private enterprise. Last but not the least, closing of both of the coal-fired power plants, as well as the smelter and the four dockyards in Lübeck compelled the shipping company to develop other supporting legs. With constant adaptation to the needs of the modern maritime shipping in ferry traffic, construction of the nautical towing service and the mooring service in Lübeck, it succeeded to hold out with modern tugboats this very day.
Moreover, since the 70s, overseas towages, platform logistics and oil transports in barges belong to the portfolio.
With a young, flexible team, creativity and little "Overhead" costs, Johannsen & Sohn offers these services in North Sea and Baltic Sea.
History of the Shipping Company
- 1896 Establishment of the shipping company J. Johannsen & Sohn as lighter and jockey service. For this, the steam barge HENNI and the tug steamship MOEVE were acquired.
- 1898 Commissioning of the steam barge EMANUEL GEIBEL.
- 1904 Commissioning of the tug steamship AUGUSTE. [ picture ]
- 1910 Commissioning of the tug steamship TAU.
- 1914 Commissioning of the tug steamships BRAVO and HELGOLAND.
- 1914 in December the son Eduard was killed in action in France.
- 1916 - 1918 Additional acquisition of the tug steamships PAULA, TANNENBERG, GUSTAV WILHELM.
- 1925 The company founder Joachim passed away at the age of 84 years and thus the youngest son, Dr. Otto Johannsen, inherited the company. Otto was involved in ironworks in Saarland.
- 1926 Commissioning of the tug steamship CLARA. [ picture ]
- 1928 und 1934 Acquisition of the engine barges HEDWIG and LOTTE for personnel transport.
- 1936 The shipping company possesses 7 tugboats and 60 lighters (scullers).
- 1936 Commissioning of the steam tugboat EDUARD. [ picture ]
- 1952 Purchase of the steam tugboat of the steam tugboat STEINHÖFT from Petersen & Alpers in Hamburg, rebuilding and christening in the name of the company founder JOACHIM. [ picture ]
- 1955 Purchase of the steam tugboat NORDSTERN from Norddeutschen Lloyd and christening to the name of CLAUS. [ picture ]
- 1961 Dr. Otto Johannsen passed away. His widow Hedwig inherited the company and let it be run further by her daughter Jutta.
- 1962 Commissioning of the first engine tugboat BOX.
- 1963 Rebuilding of the own steam tugboat EDUARD as engine tugboat.
- 1967 Purchase of the engine tugboat IJSSELMEER and commissioning as HEDWIG. [ picture ]
- 1968 Commissioning of the small Engine tugboat HANS for the Elbe Lübeck channel.
- 1969 Beginning of the maritime towage service with the commissioning of the tugboat JOACHIM II (ex IMPETUS). [ picture ]
- 1971 Jutta Johannsen inherited the shipping company from her mother Hedwig Johannsen.
- 1972 Construction of the mooring department for the Lübeck ports.
- 1973 in January Jutta Johannsen passed away. Claus Schaefer, son of the sister Mechthild Schaefer, born Johannsen, took over the shipping company. [ picture ]
- 1974 Commissioning of the tugging barge JUTTA from Bremen. [ picture ]
- 1974 Commissioning of the Tugboat MICHAEL (ex SPIEKEROOG from Emden). [ picture ]
- 1977 Commissioning of the Tugboat AXEL (ex BUGSIER 26) after rebuilding in Pohl and Jozwiak in Hamburg. [ picture ]
- 1983 Commissioning of the maritime tugboat EDUARD II (ex HANSEAT from Petersen & Alpers). [ picture ]
- 1984 on 21st February, EDUARD II sank in hurricane in the Bay of Biscay. Only four of the ten seamen could be rescued.
- 1985 Commissioning of the Tugboat JOACHIM III (ex RECHTENFLETH from the URAG). [ picture ]
- 1986 New construction and Commissioning of the tug logistics ship WAABS for the oil field of Schwedeneck Sea. [ picture ]
- 1986 Commissioning of the Tugboat MICHAEL II (ex ADRETT from Lütgens & Reimers in Hamburg).
- 1987 New construction and Commissioning of the oil barge FRIEDRICHSKOOG as double-hull lighter for the oil field of Mittelplate. [ picture ]
- 1990 New construction and Commissioning of the ASD Tugboat AXEL II from the Hitzler shipyard.
- 1994 New construction and Commissioning of the ASD Tugboat MICHAEL III from the Hitzler shipyard.
- 2006 in December, new construction and Commissioning of the ASD Tugboat CLAUS II from the Lindenau shipyard.
- 2007 January, chartering of the tugboat MICHAEL III to Rotterdam.
- 2007 October, the fifth generation joined in the corporate management with Michael Schaefer.
SERVICES: Towage services and mooring in Lübeck
We run all types of towage services in the waters of North- and East Sea, based on the foundations of a tradition grown over 100 years. In this connection, we avail ourselves with most modern equipments and technology, which enable us long-term operation in highest security level. Our tugboats are appropriate for application in ports as well as high seas. With our well-rehearsed Teams on Board and on Land, we can react at short notice at any time and handle incidental tasks with utmost professionalism.
In partnership with other towage shipping companies, we facilitate towage services, requirements of which surpass the possible applications of our fleet.
Likewise we offer the logistics of offshore platforms, nautical construction sites or Offshore Wind Turbines, guarantee passenger conveyance and bulk cargo transport by Barges.
Beside the towage business, we operate a mooring service as the service enterprise in the Lübeck ports.
Our fields of activity in overview:
- Port services in Lübeck: Towage, shifting and maneuvering operations of all types in all Lübeck ports. With our strong and outstandingly versatile ASD / Schottel - driven tugboats, we fulfill the high requirements of towage services in the narrow territories of the Trave and the Lübeck ports. Conditioned by season, we support the personnel transport between Travemünde and the Priwall, break sheets of ice on demand in the port basin and waterways and organize piloting services.
- Shifting and maneuvering assistance in diverse Scandinavian and East German ports.
- Towage: Especially in the North- and Baltic sea, but we also carry out coastal towage of all types up to the Mediterranean Sea.
- Offshore-Assistenzarbeiten: Hierzu gehören Ankerzieh- und Verholarbeiten von Pontons, Bohrinseln und weiteren assistenzbedürftigen Fahrzeugen, sowie das Positionieren auf hoher See.
- Emergency assistance: sue to our position in the Lübeck Bay and the vicinity to many navigated traffic ways, we are especially available for quick emergency services in every emergency situation in this region.
- Salvages: Our tugboats are frequently used in salvages.
In addition to the towage service, we have a mooring service in the Lübeck ports, which can serve the ships of all types around the clock.
Our efficient teams act with their emergency vehicles between the ports and serve the biggest ferry ports of North Europe at present for absolutely punctual entrance and exit of all ferries and other ships.
FLEET: Tugboat Axel, Tugboat Claus, Tugboat Michael
With the service potential of our tugboats, we can cover almost 100% of all requirements of the port assistance in the Baltic Sea ports. Our fleet consists of 3 typical Multi-Purpose tugboats, which are outstandingly appropriate for use in the ports as well as for conveyance and salvage operations.