NVOCCOrion Marine founder Peter Schauer dies at age 81

Peter Schauer helped forwarders transport cargo to the most remote locations in the world. Photo courtesy of:

Peter Schauer, the founder of the Freight Forwarder Common Carrier (NVOCC) Orion Marine and a retired managing partner of ConFlo Lines, has died. Drowning on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin July 22, 81 years old.

Orion Marine was a small company with a small number of employees, but Schauer was an industry giant and was considered the go-to line for freight carriers when they struggled to transport freight to destinations around the world. .. BillMcInerney, founder and former CEO of Phoenix, International Freight Services, told Wednesday.

Peter Schauer

After selling Orion Marine to OL International Holdings LLC in 2017, Schauer continued to consult and field call with clients around the world for guidance.

“He will get a call from one of the largest freight carriers on the planet, like Caterpillar, when the freight carrier has a mobile device that he didn’t know how to handle,” McInerney said. “He was really unique in that regard.”

Founded in Chicago in 1971, Orion Marine advised exporters on the cost-effective and reliable mode of sea and land transportation to the world’s most remote areas. According to Makinani, all Midwestern international forwarders knew Schauer. It was all due to word-of-mouth and personal phone calls made by Orion’s CEO to a large forwarder.

Born and raised in Bavaria, Germany, Schauer joined a German merchant ship as a teenager. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 21 to work at Hapag-Lloyd in Chicago. A year later, he was drafted by the US military and sent to France for three years. While he was there, he was introduced to logistics and helped send supplies to a US military base in Europe that came from a French port.

“He was like an encyclopedia-like professor when it came to knowing everything about transport regulations here in the United States, as well as in Lebanon, Mongolia and Tashkent,” said Makinani.

According to the company’s information, Schauer left Hapag-Lloyd in 1971 and formed Orion with $ 500 in his pocket. Orion initially undertook a 240 TEU vessel operating the Great Lakes service weekly via the St. Lawrence Sea Channel and was the sole agent for the aircraft carrier Sweden Lloyd.

Schauer founded ConFlo Lines a few years later, under which Orion was shipped. The company served markets in the Middle East, Indochina, sub-Saharan Africa, and the entire former Soviet Union.

In addition to the management of both companies, Schauer was an ally of industry leaders in which the Federal Maritime Commission fought to remove NVOCC tariffs in the 1980s and 1990s, and Makinani said Schauer was passionate about it. rice field.

The memorial service will be held in Chicago on August 6th. NVOCCOrion Marine founder Peter Schauer dies at age 81

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