Captain H.H. Knüppel recognized at an early stage that the trend was moving towards the container as a standardized transport unit in shipping. With the vessels m/v "ANNA KNÜPPEL" and m/v "MARGRET" he placed the order for the first container vessels.
These small container vessels were designed to carry limited quantities of containers and started the transition of the company into the container shipping market.
The renewal and expansion of the fleet continued with the order of the container vessel m/v "PETER KNÜPPEL" (newbuilding No: 822) at the shipyard J.J. Sietas KG.
The vessel was 1977 delivered to Kapt. H.H. Knüppel and his company Schiffahrtskontor Hans-Hermann Knüppel KG. The vessel has been operated in the company for around 23 years and even continued afterwards its operations for a Norwegian owner. Due to consequent maintenance the vessel has been a valuable asset with reliable very successful economic results over all the operating years.
In 1982 a further container vessel m/v "HELIOS" (newbuilding No.: 903) has been added to the fleet. The vessel had again been build at the company house shipyard
J.J. Sietas KG in Hamburg - Germany.
In 1985 the container vessel m/v "JENS KNÜPPEL" (12.500 tdw / 1.012 TEU) has been launched. The vessel was however sold in the final delivery stage due to the insolvency proceedings of the building shipyard “Rickmers” in Bremerhaven.
After the sudden death of Captain Hans-Hermann Knüppel in 1989 his youngest son Jens Knüppel took over and continued to run the company at the age of 24 years.
As part of a fleet renewal and in order to react to a changing market requirements the second hand container vessel m/v "MARGRET KNÜPPEL" (newbuilding No. 896 / Yard : J.J. Sietas) with a container capacity of 750 TEU has been purchased in the year 1997.
A further fleet upgrade was achieved in 2003 with the purchase of the second hand container vessel m/v “K-OCEAN" (newbuilding No: 1148).
The vessel has also been originally build at the Shipyard J.J. Sietas in Hamburg. With this acquisition a modern container vessel with an innovative “open hatch” design and a slot capacity of 700 TEU has been added to the fleet.
The vessel has also initiated a new name series were the traditional family name has been symbolized by the letter “K”.
In the year 2005 the company name has been changed / transformed also in connection with a new partner structure from Knüppel Schiffahrts GmbH KG into K&K Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG.