About ESL

Founded in 2006, ESL started as a boutique carrier serving niche markets, with a focus on providing world-class service to our customers. Since our inception, a people-first culture has always formed the heart of all operations.

At the helm, we have Till Ole Barrelet, who brings 18 years of industry experience to the table. Under his leadership, our commitment to customer-centric service is reinforced, and echoes the German values of reliability, efficiency, precision, and attention to detail.

Now present in 28 countries, in over 70 offices, ESL provides tailor-made customer solutions by leveraging our strategic positioning in the dynamic markets of Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and Red Sea, and Africa.

Facts & Figures

ESL offers a reliable network of services, connecting key markets in the regions we service.

  • 700,000+


    annual capacity

  • 25+



  • 72


    lanes covered

  • 120+



  • Top 25

    liner globally

    (Source: Alphaliner)

  • 400+

    ESL staff

    across 6 countries

  • 35+

    ESL offices


  • 20



Registered Office

Emirates Shipping Line FZE

MBC-F5-B20, Maritime Business Centre,

Dubai Maritime City, P.O Box 122115

Creating value for our customers

At ESL, we continually look toward curating innovative network solutions for our customers.