The leading specialist repositioning empty containers using charter vessel capacity.  

Delta Shipping International was formed in 2019 following the acquisition of Delta Schiffahrtskontor GmbH's business operations by Imodal. With over 100 years of total management experience, the unique and complimentary expertise of each company offers clients SOLUTIONS. 

Operating from Hamburg since 1995, Delta Schiffahrtskontor GmbH is the longest established neutral charter operator specialising in the worldwide shipment of intermodal equipment. Celebrating 25 years since inception, Delta has chartered more than 1,200 container vessels in that time.

With dedicated offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia, Imodal is the leading neutral third-party logistics company specializing in the repositioning of empty intermodal equipment using liner service.  Established in 2008, Imodal has arranged more than 8,000 shipments.   

Together, Delta Shipping and Imodal have shipped over 1,000,000 TEU combined.


Delta Shipping works with various container owners and operators to move large quantities of empty containers from surplus or supply-point origins to demand destinations using chartered vessels.  Core clients, including ocean carriers, lessors & lessees, factories, and private asset owners/investors, benefit by direct, dedicated and customised service that may not available on liner service or may be more cost effective by leveraging economies of scale.


Delta Shipping works with various vessel owners and operators on a voyage or time-charter basis to engage idle, underutilised or out-of-position vessels that would benefit from employment or repositioning with a tender of empty containers.  Vessel principals benefit from income derived by shipping empty containers, which effectively contributes towards or offsets fixed voyage costs that would otherwise be incurred versus an empty/ballast voyage.

Delta Shipping's seasoned management team has over 100 years of combined experience in international containerised trade and have shipped more than 1,000,000 TEU. 


We ship all kinds of empty intermodal containers.  We fill container-capable cargo ships. 


We have proudly built a vast portfolio of reputable international clients and an equally vast network of competent vendors representative of leaders in their respective fields.  Among the sectors we regularly work with are vessel owners and operators, ocean carriers, leasing companies, factories, and private asset interests.  In addition, we are supported by an extensive network of reliable Agents acting as an extension of our own resources. Delta Shipping recognises the importance of trustworthiness with business partners on all levels, with an emphasis towards long-term relationships.


Once an opportunity is identified, whether that be an open vessel or a tender of empty containers, we are immediately in contact with corresponding and suitable partners from within our network to devise best solution possible.


Delta's dedicated offices are located in strategic business centers, allowing continuous attention and coverage to business operations irrespective of time zone differences.  We understand that time is of the essence.


Delta Shipping prides itself as being a progressive and creative business partner representing carriers and/or shippers without bias. We have a deep understanding of our business; when evident and when asked, we will offer advice to improve processes or efficiencies. Our neutrality is paramount to protect confidentiality and trade secrets that is entrusted upon us, with the highest regard for professionalism and ethics. We are respectful of the market and the delicacy of international trade to preserve its balance. We speak directly in discourse and will admit mistakes when made, with assurance to act vigorously to resolve issues. Our goal is to exceed client expectations and continuously improve.

Simply stated, our goal is to offer solutions. We strive to structure agreements that are fair and reasonable.  And in sum, we strive for results that are "win/win" for all parties involved.  



Let's work together to put vessels to work when a voyage shipping empty containers would benefit the ship.


Let's work together to reposition surplus containers to demand locations or position new containers to strategic markets in support of gainful leasing.


Let's work together to reposition containers from surplus to demand areas when needs exceed organic capacity or capabilities on regular liner services.


Let's work together to deliver new standard or unique specification containers to the delivery location required by buyers.

The leading specialist repositioning empty containers using charter vessel capacity.  


Arno Lekow

General Manager

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  Prior to Delta Shipping, Arno has over 15 years experience most recently working for APL. Hired as a management trainee in Germany, he gained experience in various key facets of international liner shipping before moving to the Europe Regional Office in London. There, he worked in Trades before moving to Glasgow as General Manager – Scotland, focusing on business development for breakbulk projects and the energy sector. Arno moved to the APL Head Office in Singapore where he held positions in Project Management, Business Transformation, Global Customer Support & eCommerce organization. Arno holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Buckingham.  

Ash Farin


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Ash has over 15 years experience in many areas of containerised trade. Before joining Imodal in 2012, Ash was employed most recently by APL. Hired as a Management Trainee in London, he gained experience in various capacities before joining the European Equipment department in Rotterdam. There, he focused on intra-Europe and international repositioning.

Ash subsequently moved to the APL Corporate Equipment group in Singapore, where he assumed a more strategic role by being actively involved in Asia equipment operations and the tactical repositioning of the global reefer fleet.

Ash has an Economics degree from Leeds Business School.

Joe Dymkowski


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Joe founded Imodal in 2008 and has over 25 years experience in the field of containerized trade. Prior to Imodal, Joe worked for Textainer as the Director of Logistics with primary oversight of Textainer’s repositioning program.  Joe was also the program architect and manager of Textainer’s pioneering single-source Contract with the US Military.  Before Textainer, Joe worked for two international ocean carriers in various capacities and was an integral team member involved in the launch of several new service strings. Joe’s diverse background provides a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of container repositioning. Joe earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Bernd Behrens

Owner, Delta Schiffahrtskontor

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Bernd has more than 40 years experience in shipping. Having worked in several fields of shipping, first with a large German  charter ship owner, thereafter with a container line and then with a major German container leasing company, he established his own company - Delta Schiffahrtskontor.  Since 1995, Delta Schiffahrtskontor has concentrated exclusively in the niche sector of worldwide positioning of intermodal equipment and has chartered over 1,200 vessels during the last 25 years.  Under Bernd's vision and guidance, Delta Schiffahrtskontor has developed to be the leading neutral chartering operator in this specific market segment.




   Delta Shipping International Pte Ltd

    79 Anson Road, #21-19

    Singapore 079906 - Singapore

    Telephone:  +65 6971 6747

    Fax:  +65 6826 4033

Arno Lekow

General Manager



Mobile/Text/WhatsApp:  +65 9641 6708

Skype:  arno_lekow

Ash Farin




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Skype:  ash.farin



Delta Shipping International, Inc.

700 South Rosemary Avenue, Suite 204

West Palm Beach, FL 33401 - USA

Telephone:  +1 561 653 1230

Fax:  +1 877 797 1799

Joe Dymkowski




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Delta Schiffahrtskontor GmbH

Theodor Straße 41, Haus P

22761 Hamburg - Germany

Telephone:  +49 40 8809 9490

Bernd Behrens

Owner, Delta Schiffahrtskontor GmbH



Mobile/Text/WhatsApp:  +49 172 433 6789


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