Bernhard Schulte (Bermuda) Limited
Jens Alers started his career in 1985 as Management Trainee with liner shipping company OPDR in Hamburg, a leading European short sea carrier serving ports on the European North Continent, the Iberian Peninsula, Canary Islands, Madeira and North Africa.
In 1988 Mr. Alers was appointed Inland Marketing Manager of Hapag-Lloyd (UK) Ltd, London, directing the company's container haulage, rail and depot logistics in Britain. His work resulted in major cost reductions by turning trade imbalances into an advantage for the company through innovative solutions such as cross-liner cabotage and intra-European equipment repositioning lease agreements.
Mr. Alers joined the family-controlled Schulte Group in 1991 as partner and Sale & Purchase Broker of Alemania Shipbrokers, Hong Kong, where he developed lasting relationships with shipowners and operators. In 1995 he transferred to the Isle of Man to take up the position of Commercial Manager of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, a company specializing in the management of high-end tonnage such as LPG and LNG carriers, chemical tankers and FPSOs.
In 1998 Mr. Alers was promoted to General Manager of sister company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement in Bermuda (Managing Director since 2008). He undertook a complete reorganization of the company resulting in considerable overhead reductions and increased sales through fleet expansion mainly in the Americas and involvement in maritime investment projects beyond the traditional scope of ship management.
Mr. Alers is the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany to Bermuda.