- Christian Hoepfner
Wessels Marine GmbH
Christian P. Hoepfner (50) has been managing partner of Wessels Marine GmbH, Hamburg, since January 2019. The company focuses on project development and project management services in combination with qualified engineering know-how for solutions with LNG as marine fuel. Until December 2018, Mr. Hoepfner was a member of the management board of Wessels Reederei, where he was responsible for business and project development. The experienced project manager studied maritime transport and port economics at Jade University and Maritime Management and Economics at the University of Plymouth, England. He has worked for well-known shipping companies in various management positions in Germany and abroad. Over the past 13 years he has worked primarily in business and project development.
As the responsible Project Manager for the world's first conversion of a container ship to LNG operation, he has well-founded and proven experience in the use of LNG as marine fuel. This includes the conversion and subsequent launch of seagoing vessels. The flagship project "Wes Amelie", funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, has contributed significantly to the establishment of LNG as a marine fuel in Northern European container short sea traffic.