HISTORY

Tradition and innovation go hand in hand at Reck & Co. We have over 150 years of experience in reliable claims adjustment and transport loss prevention.

FORMATION OF THE COMPANY

It is the time of the great wave of emigration from Bremen and Bremerhaven to the USA. Together with his merchant friend Diederich Cordes, Friedrich Reck founded F. Reck & Co. on 15 September 1848 in Bremen. The “Equipment and Food Supplier for Ships and Emigrants” flourished.

Firmengründer Friedrich August Gotthard Reck

ENTRY INTO SHIPPING BUSINESS

The flow of emigrants slows over the course of the 1850s. In contrast to Cordes, Reck does not stick to the ship chandlerer business. On 1 January 1854 he moves into the shipping business, adding “private insurer” at the same time. Within a few years he makes himself a name as a correspondent shipper. At time, the Reck fleet consists of eight sailing ships.

Proviantliste der Firma Reck & Co.
Eine Übersicht der Signalflaggen  aus dem 19. Jahrhundert

THE START OF A SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION

Franz Heinrich Kasten enters the company as a clerk and learns marine insurance business from the bottom up. With his thirst for knowledge and application, he worked his way up in just two years, Holding a procuartion (per. pro.) at only 22 years of age.

Der spätere Firmenpartner Franz Heinrich Kasten

AGENCY AGREEMENT WITH SCARCITY VALUE

Reck & Co. takes on the transport insurance business as agent for an insurer. With great success – this first agency contract lasts over 100 years, a rarity in the marine insurance industry. In the same year the company starts working as an average agent.

Der erste Agenturvertrag von Reck Und Co. mit einem Versicherungsunternehmen

Appointment as AIMU correspondent

The first official appointment as average agent is by the American Institute of Marine Underwriters, and this has lasted to the present day. In the same year, Friedrich Reck receives a special distinction: he is elected President of the Bremen Chamber of Commerce.

NEW PARTNER ON BOARD

An important year for Franz Heinrich Kasten: he is accepted as a partner in F. Reck & Co. Just like Friedrich Reck he enthusiastically takes on new challenges all through his life, steadily developing his skills

APPOINTMENT AS LLOYD’S AGENT

In 1891, the company is appointed as “Lloyd’s Agent” in Bremen, another appointment which has lasted to the present day.

Both the AIMU and Lloyd’s appointments still serve as a quality seal.

Lloyds-Brief von 1891

END OF AN ERA

In the 30s Reck & Co. passes into the sold possession of the Kasten family, after the resignation of the last member of the Reck Family. Franz Heinrich Kasten is the third generation of Kastens to join the firm.

Restoration of overseas business relationships

During the Second World War the business of Reck & Co. faces great difficulties. Existing overseas connections become dormant during this period. After the war the long-standing overseas business relationships quickly recover.

Entry of Gerhard Kasten

Gerhard Kasten is the fourth generation of Kastens to join the company. He spends the next few years working and learning, with insurers in Switzerland, London and New York. In England he passes the professional examination for A.C.I.I. (Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute) being later accepted as “Chartered Insurance Practitioner”.

Gerhard Kasten becomes a Partner.

After the sudden death of his father in 1970, Gerhard Kasten becomes a managing Partner.

ADDITION OF HARALD VON SEYDLITZ

Harald von Seydlitz joins Reck & Co. in 1992 as surveyor and claims agent. In the 70s Gerhard Kasten had laid the foundation for the recovery Business, and von Seydlitz develops this service with great commitment into one of the company’s main business areas.

Legal expansion with Marc Friedrich

Marc Friedrich joins Reck & Co. in 1997 as a lawyer in the recovery department.

Harald von Seydlitz becomes a partner

Ten years after joining the company, Harald von Seydlitz is accepted as managing partner of Reck & Co.

EXPANSION INTO FRANCE

Reck & Co. establishes further offices abroad, and founded F. Reck & Co. (France) sarl with Ronald Farhana, with offices in Marseilles and Paris.

Franz Kasten joins the company representing the fifth generation of the family. With 14 years of experience in international transport and logistics, he consolidates the range of competence and provides new Stimulus.

Franz Kasten, Geschäftsführer der Reck & Co. GmbH

New company in Belgium

To expand the radius of action and the network in the principals’ interests, Reck & Co. (Belgium) bvba is founded with its head office in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

RECK & CO. TAKES OVER MORE LLOYD’S AGENCIES

Reck & Co. is appointed Lloyd’s Agent for Hamburg, Berlin and Munich. Reck & Co. now covers all German sea ports.

Reorganisation of the management

The management is reorganised with three managing partners in Reck & Co.: Harald von Seydlitz, Franz Kasten and Marc Friedrich. Gerhard Kasten had resigned as managing director a year earlier.

Drei Geschäftsführer im Unternehmen Reck & Co.

NEW OFFICE IN SWITZERLAND

Reck & Co. (Suisse) AG is founded in Basel. In the same year the company is appointed Lloyd’s Agent for German-speaking Switzerland and Lichtenstein. The Belgian office is relocated from Zeebrugge to Antwerp.

RELOCATION TO THE WESER TERMINAL

As the company continues to grow, Reck & Co. moves to Weser Terminal 1 in Überseestadt, in October 2015. All central functions, such as the recovery department, claim adjustment and internal services, are consolidated in Bremen.

Der Weser Tower im Überseehafen in Bremen

ELISABETH FENTSAHM HEADS “AUTOMOTIVE”

Demand for competent claims adjustment by Reck & Co. is great, and the number of employees has doubled in the last five years alone. The automotive department is also flourishing. To ensure optimal coordination and processing, Elisabeth Fentsahm takes over responsibility for this area.

Elisabeth Fentsahm, Leiterin der Abteilung Automotive bei Reck & Co.

RECK & CO. (SUISSE) AG BECOMES LLOYD´S AGENT FOR THE WHOLE OF SWITZERLAND

Reck & Co. (Suisse) AG is appointed Lloyd’s Agent for western Switzerland in addition, extending its responsibility to the whole of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

RELY ON OUR GOOD REPUTATION

We are partners in the world’s leading networks of Lloyd’s Agency, AIMU and CESAM.

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