About MACS

MACS has been a trusted name for over 35 years by clients in Southern Africa, Europe, the UK and USA / Mexico, we offer specialised shipping solutions within our 3 dedicated trade routes on our Multipurpose fleet which can accommodate almost any load, from containers, bulk and breakbulk to project cargo.

Our Company

Since its inception in 1979, MACS has always endeavored to offer a reliable, professional service whilst paying personal attention to the specific needs of each customer, however big or small they may be.

Our fleet currently services three important trade routes between Southern Africa, Europe, the UK and the USA / Mexico, with sailing schedules offering customers the maximum flexibility in terms of frequency, transit times and ports of call. We’ve also established partnerships with trusted suppliers in the fields of logistics and distribution, to make sure that our clients’ goods are safely and securely transported from their point of departure to their final destination.

We know each person’s cargo is important to them, which is why we take the greatest care in ensuring it reaches its destination on time, and in perfect condition. When someone entrusts their goods to us, their cargo becomes our cargo – and their business becomes ours.

Communication is one of the most important pillars of our business, as it allows us to better understand and meet the needs of our clients. Every person on our staff is accessible to our clients at any time, so when they want to check the status of their cargo, all they have to do is pick up the phone and talk to us.



Our Philosophy

MACS is a privately-owned, family-run business with strong family values. For us, the true value of our business does not lie in the amount of customers we can service, but rather in the quality of the service we can provide to the customers who put their cargo in our hands, and their trust in us. In fact, we regard our customers, service providers, partners and staff as part of our extended family, and as such their interests, wellbeing and prosperity become our top priority.

Our business is built on flexibility – this applies both to the cargoes we can accommodate, and our willingness to adapt and change as and when our clients and the market

demand it. We firmly believe that adaptability is key, both within the shipping industry and beyond, and therefore we customise our solutions and services according to our clients’ needs, instead of attempting to redefine their needs in order to make them fit into a predetermined model.

As a family owned, independent business we have the ability to make decisions which are in the best interest of the logistics chain, not being involved in landside transport, terminal or warehousing operations, we have no bias towards subsidiaries.


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It started with two ships and expanded into a full-service, multipurpose fleet

Back in the late 1970s, Felix Scheder-Bieschin Senior identified a need for a specialised shipping service and launched the MACS Multipurpose Liner Service between the United Kingdom/Europe and Southern Africa in 1979.

As the demand for this type of service began to grow, MACS needed to increase its capacity and capabilities in terms of vessels and containers. This was achieved with the incorporation of Dutch-owned AESL in 1983.

Over the next few decades MACS expanded its fleet,

established partnerships and enhanced its service offering to keep meeting and exceeding our clients’ expectations in Southern Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Today, more than 35 years after those first two ships sailed the Atlantic Ocean, MACS continues to adapt and modernise its fleet in order to keep up with the demands of a dynamic market, whilst staying true to its original vision of providing flexibility, excellence and innovation.


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History Timeline


MACS 1970

MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping GmbH & Co is founded by Felix Scheder-Bieschin Snr.

MACS 1979

Multipurpose Liner Service between the United Kingdom/Europe and Southern Africa is launched. The vessels used were our first generation tween deckers M/V Maritime Carrier and Durban Carrier.

MACS 1983

MACS takes over AESL and strengthens the MACS brand and service offering.

MACS 1985

Second generation vessels of the Blue Master class are brought into service.

MACS 1994

South African Democracy: MACS acquires two additional ships as a token of their confidence in the new democracy and commitment to South Africa.

MACS 1997

Third generation vessels Amber Lagoon Class: Fleet is modernised by adding three new Multipurpose Container vessels. They are designed specifically and tailor-made for the requirements of the Europe-Southern Africa trade. With this fleet renewal program MACS is well positioned to take on the challenges of the future.

MACS 2004

The Scheder-Bieschin family, together with their friend Count Wedell-Wedellsborg of Dannebrog, start a new service between South Africa and North America operated by Galborg PTE Ltd of Singapore.

MACS 2013

Fourth generation vessels of the Blue Master II Class are brought into service further refreshing and bolstering the fleet.

MACS 2015

In January, the MACS Transatlantic Service (MTA) between Europe and North America is launched.

MACS 2016

1 July Galborg Pte. Ltd is renamed to MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping Pte. Ltd and Galborg USA, LLC is renamed to MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping, LLc.

MACS 2017

In October 2017 the MACS holding company Vineta GmbH purchased Hugo Stinnes Schiffahrt GmbH, Rostock / Germany.