DAL Deutsche Afrika-Linien, a liner company engaged in the Africa trade for decades, was aquired by John T. Essberger in 1941 and remained part of the Deutsche Afrika-Linien / John T. Essberger Group.
On 1st of June 2022 the container liner business of Deutsche Afrika-Linien was sold to Hapag-Lloyd, who fully integrated it into their business. DAL remains invested in container depot operations in South Africa.
The Deutsche Afrika-Linien has a long and proud history dating back well over a hundred years. As early as 1895 its predecessor, the Deutsche Ost-Afrika Linie operated passenger and freight services between Hamburg and South/East Africa, whilst in the 21st Century the company's container ship 'DAL Kalahari' regularly plied the seas between Europe and Southern Africa.
Shown below are just a small collection of images from DAL's long history. For more images like these please visit our unique historic Picture Archive
DAL's headquarter is located in Palmaille 45-49 (Hamburg-Altona) overlooking the river Elbe. The ensemble of buildings, a classical 18th century palais accompanied by contemporary steel and glas architecture, reflects both historical and modern views.