More Cargo. Less Fuel. Full Transparency:How to Build and Manage the Best-Performing Fleet


There are many areas within the shipping business where efficiency can be improved significantly. BestShip focuses on the three most promising ones: Retrofitting, cargo capacity optimization, and holistic performance management. The goal is to achieve substantial, measurable savings.

Retrofitting: A fitness programme for your ship

Amid high fuel prices, overcapacities and stricter environmental regulations, ships must be ready to meet ever more stringent requirements to prevail in competition. Efficiency is the winning formula: It boosts earnings, reduces costs and protects jobs.
BestShip helps shipping companies identify ship-specific retrofitting measures to get their fleets fit for the future. Apart from analytics and development, our range of services includes the design work for the required refits, and comprehensive project management to implement them. From installing new, energy-efficient propellers to retrofitting a bulbous bow with improved hydrodynamics and modifying the main engine, the right combination of innovative technologies will propel your fleet in service ahead with greater efficiency and deliver a rapid return on your investment.

Cargo Boosting: A fully loaded ship runs more profitably

It is a simple formula: More cargo on board means more money earned. But in reality, few shipping companies operate their vessels at optimal capacity. BestShip helps companies maximize the commercial potential of their ships while minimizing modifications of the existing equipment and strictly adhering to the highest safety standards. Increasing the draught, optimizing cargo distribution and lashing, or providing a higher reefer capacity are options to boost revenues and raise charter rates. The result will benefit all parties involved: The owner will have a more commercially attractive ship, the charterer will profit from greater cargo capacity, and the cost per unit of cargo (slot costs) will drop.

Fleet Performance Management: A "safe" for your fuel

Fuel consumption not only represents the lion's share of a ship's operating costs. It also has a direct impact on the vessel's environmental footprint, a factor of ever increasing importance. To thoroughly understand the implications you need solid, reliable, reproducible data. From bunkering and trimming through to route planning and cruising speeds, BestShip's sophisticated monitoring system "FuelSafe" continuously checks vessel operation to reveal the weak spots in the operating profile. The Fleet Performance Centre will then analyse the data to clearly identify all on-board units which consume excessive amounts of energy. Transparent data reports show where you need to intervene to improve energy efficiency. Furthermore, the experts from BestShip will support you in implementing the required steps, from technical retrofits and crew training through to ensuring optimized performance in daily operations.

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Our expertise for your success: Holistic optimization advice for investors, owners, charterers and ship managers. Bespoke development and implementation of performance-enhancing measures.

With more than 90 ships in service, and backed by decades of experience, E.R. Schiffahrt has evolved into a technological leader. As a major player in the market, E.R. Schiffahrt was among the first to develop a comprehensive efficiency optimization strategy. Through its subsidiary BestShip, the ship manager now provides its far-ranging expertise to its customers. The target clients include investors, owners, charterers and ship managers.

BestShip is in the unique position to offer systems, products and services on the basis of reliable, proven data, backed by the broad expertise of its energy efficiency specialists. Over the last two years, these experts have developed an innovative optimization system combining state-of-the-art measuring devices with modern hardware and software tools. Addressing all the complexities of ship management in an integrated approach, this system is capable of answering practically any conceivable performance-related question. Thanks to its flexible design it can anticipate future scenarios, as well. Our services focus on performance optimization through ship retrofitting, optimization of cargo intake, types and quantities, performance maximization as well as fuel and other savings achievable in daily operation. Industry experts know that even a relatively modest reduction in fuel consumption will produce annual savings in the million-dollar range, depending on ship type and size.

As a partner to the shipping industry, BestShip offers innovative efficiency-enhancing and optimizing solutions that represent leading-edge technology in this market.

BestShip's consultancy services generate true added value for investors, owners, charterers and ship managers alike, ensuring that their solutions continue to deliver economic benefits every single day of ship operation.


The BestShip leadership team consists of technical experts
with many years of industry experience.

Helge Bartels

Managing Director, BestShip GmbH & Cie. KG

Upon completing his university studies with a Master's degree in engineering, Helge Bartels began his professional career as sales and project engineer for a medium-sized company in the maritime sector. From 2003 onwards he was responsible for several business functions with a focus on energy and engine technology as well as plant engineering.

In 2006 he took over a leadership position at a well-known supplier to the shipbuilding industry where he established the new business segment "Offshore Oil & Gas" and headed a wholly-owned subsidiary. In early 2009 Helge Bartels moved on to business consulting and established the "Clean Energy" business unit. In late 2013 he joined E.R. Schiffahrt as "Director Technical Fleet Management".

He was appointed managing director of BestShip in mid-2014.

Since February 2015, Helge Bartels is also managing director of E.R. Schiffahrt.


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18. December 2014

BestShip: Experts in Energy-efficient Ship Operation and Modification

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