After many years of service at sea, Heinrich Schoeller started his career onshore in Germany but was quickly transferred to Cyprus to assist in the setup of the island’s first international ship management company. He subsequently left his directorship role and soon after set up his own companies in Cyprus, Schoeller Holdings and Columbia Shipmanagement. As Schoeller Holdings’s flagship, Columbia Shipmanagement grew to be the one of the largest ship management companies in the world with more than 400 vessels under management. Although the majority of the vessels are managed out of Cyprus, Columbia has also established major offices in Germany and Singapore as well as many other locations worldwide.