Header Motiv


Schutzverein Deutscher Rheder was founded on 27th June 1901 in Hamburg by German shipowners as a mutual insurance association.

Supporting members in disputes arising out of charterparties is the core activity of the Association as a F. D. & D. underwriter (Freight, Demurrage & Defence). In that context, there is access to a worldwide network of trusted agents and specialized lawyers in the most important port cities.

Since 2023, ship-managers can also become a Member of the Association in which case the focus is on disputes arising under management contracts. A manager membership is only possible if and as long as there is no membership of a shipowner, bareboat or time charterer in relation to the ship in question.

In these and in similar cases the Association provides legal defence and covers court or arbitration costs as well as lawyers' and experts' fees in accordance with its Statutes and the resolutions of the Members' Meeting.

Read more about what we do and the advantages of being a member in our flyer.



Here you will find our global network of agents and lawyers.

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Members have access to our circulars, clauses and other texts as well as to the ratings section.

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Premiums & Membership

The Association offers defence cover for premiums depending on the size of the vessel.

Information on how to apply for a membership can be found here.

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Deutscher Rheder V.a.G

You will find us in the Hafencity district of Hamburg, near Magellan-Terrassen and Sandtorhafen with its historical vessels.


Am Kaiserkai 6

20457 Hamburg


Phone: +49 (0)40 300 666-0

Fax: +49 (0)40 300 666-99