Ever since it first supplied engraved signs for North German Lloyd’s cruise ship Bremen in the 1950s, quality, competence, and know-how have been the hallmarks of Marahrens Maritime Sign Solution. Starting with an engraving business in his own living room, the founder Heinrich Marahrens soon had to expand. When the second generation joined the company in 1982, Marahrens employed 25 people. A lot has changed since then. Not only the third generation joined the company in 2017, but offices were also established in the USA and Finland. No wonder that Marahrens is today the first address for quality signage for the maritime industry.

From their locations in Bremen in Germany, Turku in Finland and Miami in the US, they supply most cruise lines and shipyards worldwide. They now work on around 20–30 ship projects per year, in addition to day-to-day business.

Marahrens has a division only for maritime signage, so they can take care of the entire process: Design and engineering as well as the installation of an average of 50.000-60.000 signs per ship. Whether new installation or refit, Marahrens supplies all the signs a ship needs: mandatory safety signs and photoluminescent Low Location Lighting (LLL) as well as complex LED-illuminated signs for the restaurant and funnel logos and ship names. They also manufacture individual wayfinding signs, You-are-here plans, cabin signs, and wall decorations. They always take the conditions that the signs have to withstand into consideration. For example, the statics play an important role, but the signs must also be resistant to extreme weather conditions and salty air. Marahrens discuss projects with the designers to ensure they fulfill the wishes of the customer in the best possible way.

In addition to the above, Marahrens employees are experts with regards to the rules and regulations for ship signage and offer mandatory LLL Measurement Service according to SOLAS regulations. As a competent and DNVGL certified company, Marahrens technicians provide their services worldwide.

Cover image designed by SMC Design, Photography by Franklin and Franklin