About Us

WESELMANN, Maritime Expertise since 1947.

Founded in 1947, Weselmann’s head office is located in Hamburg, the heart of Germany’s maritime industry.

We offer a range of technical consultancy services for the shipping industry, including ship valuations, damage and condition surveys, repair supervision and follow-up surveys for newly built vessels of all kinds.

Weselmann is independent, objective, fast, fair and honest. Our clients can rest assured survey results are strictly confidential.

We believe this is key to building solid, long-lasting business relationships. Working on behalf of our customers is our dedicated team of naval architects, mechanical and marine engineers, captains, shipping-economists and shipbrokers.

Available for worldwide assignments 24/7 – including short term notice and for unconventional assignments – our staff guarantees reliable, efficient, professional consultation and support for all technical shipping industry questions. Reports are delivered in German and English with extensive photo documentation.

WESELMANN is approved as publicly sworn ship appraiser by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. 




Founding of the design and naval architecture office by graduate engineer Adolf Weselmann. Within approximately 40 years about 700 ships worldwide were built according to our designs. To get an idea about the ships, designed after foundation of the company, reference is made to the illustrated book: "Mit Weselmann ging es voran (With Weselmann proceeding ahead)". Beside the design work, which was the major target of the company at that time, always evaluation works as well as damage surveys were carried out by our company.


Naval Architect and Graduate Engineer (TU) Gerd Weselmann joins the company, after receiving his degree as a Naval Architect and a Graduate Engineer from the Technical University Hannover and after some design experience at Messrs. J.J. Henry Co., New York, Naval Architects & Marine Engineers as well as experience as hull repair manager at the yard KG Norderwerft GmbH, Hamburg.


Graduate Engineer (FH) Bernd Holst joins the company Weselmann after finishing his sea career as chief engineer and working as an engine repair manager at Blohm & Voss shipyard, Hamburg.
The same year the design department of Ing. Büro Weselmann was closed and the business of the company was focused on evaluations for banks and on damage surveys for underwriters.


Graduate Engineer (FH) Bernd Holst became a partner and co-owner of Ingenieurbüro Weselmann.


Graduate Engineer (FH) Bernd Holst was publicly appointed and sworn by Chamber of Commerce, Hamburg as expert for ships valuations and hull and machinery damages.


Bernd Holst furthermore is active as a guest lecturer at the "Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Bankakademie / HfB" within the study course "Ship Financing". In this context Bernd Holst is working as a co-author of the textbook:

"Grundlagen der Schiffsfinanzierung" (translation: Fundamentals of Ship Financing).


In 2006 Bernd Holst became chairman of the Society of German Marine Experts.


As from 01.01.2009 our company's legal form has been changed into GmbH (private limited company), INGENIEURBÜRO WESELMANN GMBH became new official name.

On 26.08.2009 our Hong Kong Office "Weselmann Asia Ldt." was founded.


On 01.07.2012 our Scandinavian office "Weselmann Scandinavia ApS" was founded.


Our company's legal form has been changed into GmbH & Co. KG

The company WeselmannValue GmbH is founded. Our automatic internet based ship valuation indication system WeselmannValue for bulkers, tankers, gas tankers, container ships and dry cargo ships is presented.


Our online Reporting System is launched with it’s unique inspection report form with vessel grading system. This service tool can be reached from Weselmann homepage.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Weselmann is offering the Remote Survey as a new service.


Following picture gallery is a selection of vessels, designed by engineering office Adolf Weselmann:

1. MV "Anton Wilhelm" was built in 1950/51 at the Lühring shipyard in Brake for the Anton Boyksen shipping company and in 1955 the shipyard extended and increased it. Original deadweight 460 tdw.

2. MS "Vaterland" - one of the first quarter deckers designed by the engineering office Adolf Weselmann. Built: 1954 by the Stader shipyard.

3. & 4. MV “Gunda” built by the Stader shipyard and MV “Möwe I”, built by the Alfred Hagelstein shipyard, Travemünde.

5. & 6. MS "ILRI" is the first new building by a West German shipping company (Hamburg) on ​​a shipyard in the GDR, namely shipping company Barthold Richters at the Neptun shipyard in Rostock, delivery 18.12.1958. Design Weselmann.

7. The tender “Mazdoor“ was built in 1965 by the shipyard Joh. Oelkers.

8. In 1967 the “Rebena” was launched in Stade, which received much public attention.

9.“Elbe”, largest tug in the port of Hamburg, Shipyard: Oelkers - 1967, Shipping Company: Schiffahrts- und Speditionskontor Elbe.