About the company

STETRA is known for its strategic network and many years of experience:
Find out more about us as a reliable partner in ship cargo transport.

STETRA Gesellschaft für Schiffstransporte mbH was founded in 1993 as a logistics company specialising in inland tanker shipping. Today it is one of the largest logistics operators in this sector in Germany.

The owner-operated company was founded over 25 years ago and is located in the heart of the Rhine-Neckar region in Ludwigshafen. Since then, STETRA has made a name for itself as a capable and reliable partner for independent owner operators, distributors, manufacturers and storage companies. The experience gained from thousands of shipments and billions of tonne-kilometres form the foundation which our customers benefit from.

The market leader in southwestern Germany

A strong network of partners

STETRA stands for expertise and professionalism in ship cargo transport. Fairness, motivation and precision, coupled with extensive industry knowledge – an unbeatable combination and a guarantee of reliability at the highest level. It is not for no reason that we are the market leader in southwestern Germany. You can rely on us as a reliable specialist with a special sense of responsibility and quality.

Our network of experienced specialists and many years of cooperation with world-class partners make us an all-rounder in tanker shipping. Common values and a philosophy based on responsible and sustainable action make STETRA a competent partner for your needs. With us, customers, ship owners and ships are in safe hands.

Our cornerstone for maximum quality and an individual shipping solution tailored to each customer–
cost-effective, efficient and successful.


Facts & figures

We don't need to be ashamed of our figures, the facts speak for themselves

Balance sheet total

Distribution of the balance sheet total of 8.3 million euros according to the annual financial statements for the end of 2016.

Transport distribution

66 % middle distillates
13 % petrol
12 % miscellaneous
9 % biofuel and bioadditives


Company history

STETRA Gesellschaft für Schiffstransporte mbH was founded by Gerhard Schmitt and Otto Klohs in Ludwigshafen am Rhein on 1 December 1993.

A partnership concept for the German market was implemented in cooperation with STETRAG (Steelink-Transport-AG) in Basel, which was founded in 1984, and the then owner and namesake Paul Steelink.

STETRA Tankschiffahrt GmbH was founded in 2001 to optimise business and strategically expand the owner-operated company.

STETRA 1993 – in the first year

…a fleet with approx. 8,500 tons deadweight capacity

STETRA was founded with the goal to convince through quality and to supply customers along the Rhine in Germany.

STETRA 2018 – 25th anniversary

…a fleet with approx. 76,000 tons deadweight capacity

Thanks to our exceptional quality, we now also supply customers in Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands.