Steeped in both the Teutonic and the Hellenic cultures, Oliver Harms seems a natural choice to be leading TMA Bulk — one of the most interesting Greek-German ventures in shipping.

“People say I’m half Greek already,” the 48-year-old German said tongue-in-cheek in an interview at the company’s Hamburg office.

Harms worked for five years in Greece, has a Greek wife and son who was born in the country, which two of TMA Bulk’s three founding partners call home.