Author Topic: Harms Bergung: New Website; Looses six Tugs to ALP Maritime  (Read 4347 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Volker

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 337
Harms Bergung: New Website; Looses six Tugs to ALP Maritime
« on: November 11, 2014, 02:15:55 »
Harms Bergung released a newly designed website under the known address:
http://www.harms-bergung.de/?setLOC=EN

They now show among others press releases, videos of their tugs, and a picture gallery. The live map shows the current location of the tugs if their AIS is inside the range of land based stations. You have to zoom in a bit to see the tugs.

On the other hand Harms seems to loose six of their tugs. Harms doesn't own the tugs they just manage them. The tugs are owned by independent one-ship-companies in which Harms is one of many shareholders.
ALP Maritime Services, a Teekay subsidiary, announced purchase of the six DP II tugs managed by Harms. Only the two 100 tonnes bollard pull tugs Centaurus and Pegasus are left out.
http://www.alpmaritime.com/news/detail/78
http://www.alpmaritime.com/files/pdf/alp_maritime_enters_into_memorandum_of_agreement_to_purchase_6_modern_ahts.pdf
http://www.alpmaritime.com/files/pdf/vessel_specifications_alp_rebranded.pdf

Harms Bergung announced legal action today:
http://www.harms-bergung.de/bench.app/CONTENT/cms/blog/news_release.html

At least Harms Bergung has a management contract for the six tug. Would be interesting to see if selling the tugs is still good business for the owners, if they have to pay damages.
For Harms it is a hard blow that might end their existance.
Regards, Volker

meechingman

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 235
  • Tugs rule, OK!
    • Andrew Gilbert's Website
Re: Harms Bergung: New Website; Looses six Tugs to ALP Maritime
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2014, 09:27:08 »
All of the links except for the new Harms website are dead. Maybe the pages linked to have been taken down pending legal action?
Admiral of the Haven Towage Fleet

Volker

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 337
Re: Harms Bergung: New Website; Looses six Tugs to ALP Maritime
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2014, 00:40:48 »
I just tried the links out of my post. All worked. I don't know what happend when you tried them.
Here they are again, taken directly from the ALP website this morning:

http://www.alpmaritime.com/news/detail/78
http://www.alpmaritime.com/files/pdf/alp_maritime_enters_into_memorandum_of_agreement_to_purchase_6_modern_ahts.pdf
http://www.alpmaritime.com/files/pdf/vessel_specifications_alp_rebranded.pdf

I checked them out of the preview and they worked.
Hope that helps.
Regards Volker

mengam

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 98
Re: Harms Bergung: New Website; Looses six Tugs to ALP Maritime
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 10:43:47 »
All post works ok -  Thanks Volker for these links as I've learned only ALP side of this affair

Mengam

Volker

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 337
Re: Harms Bergung: New Website; Looses six Tugs to ALP Maritime
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2014, 02:22:28 »
According to today's Tugs Towing & Offshore Newsletter the owners of the six AHT to be bought by ALP have terminated the management agreement for good cause.

The six AHT are Orcus, Uranus, Janus, Ursus, Magnus, and Taurus.

The owners of AHT Centaurus and Pegasus did the same.

On the other hand Harms Bergung's attempt to prevent the shareholder meetings by applying for an injunction. This wa rejected by the Hamburg District Court.

Harms had pre-emption rights for four of the six tugs but didn't used them.

Source: http://newsletter.towingline.com/NewsLetterPage/GetNewsLetter/47!37153/  Page 8

My opinion: they were not able to organise enough money.

The law suits against the former owners Mr. Albrecht and Mr. Mayer cost them a lot of money. This summer they were sentenced in the second lever of jurisdiction for embezzlement in connection with the shipowning partnerships  to a suspended sentence of two years and a fine of 400,000 Euro each. The sentences aren't legally binding yet. The cause is at the German Supreme Court now.

To me it looks like Harms Bergung will cease to exist. 
Regards Volker

Volker

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 337
Re: Harms Bergung: New Website; Looses six Tugs to ALP Maritime
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2015, 01:32:46 »
A few days ago ALP Maritime Services took delivery of the first two ex. Harms tugs:
http://www.alpmaritime.com/news/detail/80

The ALP GUARD and the ALP Winger are the former URANUS (285 tbp) and JANUS (218 tbp). Four more are to follow.

he situation of Harms Bergung is not clear to me. I think they can only challange the termination of the management contract in court and hope for compensation. I'm not sure if a termination for good cause will stand in court when the reason is known since 2009 and the tugs earned good money.

The price tag for the six tugs is said to be $220 million. The tugs were commisioned between 2006 and 2010.

Harms Bergung went the low risk way just managing the tugs not chartering any of them. So were not able to earn enough to execute their pre-emtion rights for four of the tugs.

In 2011 and 2012 Harms Bergung and ALP Maritime had a management coorporation marketing these tugs. This way ALP Maritime learned to know the capabilities of the tugs.
Regards, Volker

Volker

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 337
Re: Harms Bergung: New Website; Looses six Tugs to ALP Maritime
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2015, 00:32:22 »
ALP Maritime Services took delivery of the next two tugs. There are only two more to follow.

The tugs AHT Centaurus and AHT Pegasus are said to be managed by Hellespont Ship Management.

I haven't seen anything new regarding the law suit Harms initiated against the shipowners.
Regards, Volker

bollards

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 26
Re; Tug CENTAURUS
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2018, 02:58:22 »
Hi All, Can I ask for help, I am looking to aquire a set of Hull lines and plans for the ex Harms Bergen Tug Centaurus, Can any one help.