As competitive brokers, we focus our activities on arranging customized solutions for project, break-bulk and heavy lift cargo not covered by the trade routes of our affiliated companies.


We act as independent brokers for international cargo and carrier interests always with the object in mind to find the perfect match of feasibility and cost efficiency.


Challenging inquiries demand careful analysis of the requirements on both sides. In order to find the right answers, we maintain excellent, time-tested contacts to international shippers, charterers and forwarders on the one hand and to carriers and shipowners specialized in abnormal loads on the other.


Too long, too high, too heavy is not an obstacle to us. We find the tonnage to suit your cargo and the cargo to suit your tonnage.

Rene Bleckwehl


Direct Line: +1-713-600-7630


Anatoli Doudnikov

Vice President - Chartering

Direct Line: +1-713-600-7640

Will Brinegar

Vice President, Oil & Gas Industry Services

Direct Line: +1-713-600-7670


Felicia Karl

Senior Account Executive

Direct Line: +1-713-600-7690

Lars Kristiansen

Sales Director-South America

Direct Line: +51 942 635 229

Port Agency

American Shipping and Chartering was established in 1980 in Houston and we expanded in 2010 with our own office in Mobile. Other North American ports are being serviced through our network of well established sub-agents who attend to the vessels and the local requirements while the overall responsibility for vessel operations remains with the Houston office. Experience, reliability and extensive knowledge of port and stevedoring operations in all major U.S., Canadian as well as Mexican ports made our agency department the preferred choice of many ship owners and operators, in the capacity of both local and General Agents.


We have excellent relations with Port and Government Authorities, Terminal Operators, stevedores and a host of other vendors. This enables us to offer our Principals and clients not only first class service and quickest possible turnaround times but also the most economical services available.


American Shipping and Chartering on average handles over 250 port calls annually, each of which is attended to with utmost care and the unique personal attention our Principals and their crews deserve.

Lutz Knickrehm

Assistant Vice President - Operations

Direct Line: +1-713-600-7685


Alan Nunn

Operations Manager

Direct Line: +1-713-600-7680

Brett Howe

Operations Manager

Direct Line: +1-713-600-7660


Bartley Wilkins

Manager-Mobile, AL

Direct Line: +1-251-436-0116
 Fax: +1-251-436-0117
 Cell: +1-813-240-3580

Tine Knickrehm Purvis

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Direct Line: +1-713-600-7635


Beth Ortuno


Direct Line: +1-713-600-7600

Oil & Gas

Specializing in the Offshore Exploration, Production, Installation and Construction Industries (EPIC), the Oil and Gas Services division supports activities related to vessel and rig operations in the Gulf of Mexico in USA ports and Mexico ports.  American Shipping and Chartering offers seamless agency support in the US Gulf of Mexico from Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico around to Pensacola, Florida. Regardless of the port of mobilization or the project location in the US Gulf - clients can have the benefit of one agent across the region for the duration of their activity.


Services and resources available to clients through Oil and Gas Industry Services include and are not limited to:

  • Drilling Rigs and Ships
  • Service vessels and Helicopters
  • Crew Changes/Accommodations
  • Travel Arrangements
  • Procurement
  • Provisioning
  • Government Interaction (APHIS/CBP/USDA)
  • Foreign Traveler Assistance
  • ENOA / ENOD / AMS / APIS Filings
  • Materials Handling
  • Logisitics and Spares Handling
  • Air Logistics
  • Marine Fabrications
  • Port Agency requirements
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Vessel Chartering
  • Ocean Freight Shipments
  • Customs Clearance
  • Repatriations
  • Security Services

Office Locations:


Houston • Mobile • New Orleans • Dos Bocas • Ciudad del Carmen


Quality Management and control are an integral part of our management system and American Shipping and Chartering is proud to be certified according to ISO 9001:2000 standards. The management system compliance is ensured through audits and frequent inspections.


A list of references from clients within the oil and gas industry can be made available on request.

Will Brinegar

Vice President, Oil & Gas Industry Services

Direct Line: +1-713-600-7670


Logistics is generally the detailed organization and implementation of a complex operation. In a general business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet requirements of customers or corporations.


American Shipping and Chartering’s logistics team and our global agency network can assist with movement of cargo from origin or to final destination using multiple modes of transportation (trucks, barges, etc.).  Your cargo will be delivered to destination without worry and with one vendor.

Beth Ortuno


Direct Line: +1-713-600-7600

Will Brinegar

Vice President, Oil & Gas Industry Services

Direct Line: +1-713-600-7670