Rickmers-Linie has taken the decision to charter in to its fleet the 19, 100dwt Pacific Winter, which is a sister ship of Baltic Winter, originally chartered in by Rickmers in December 2011. Rickmers will also extend the existing charter on Baltic Winter.
With her 800 tonne lift capacity, the 2011-built Baltic Winter has proven to be a highly successful addition to the Rickmers-Linie fleet and both she and her 2012-built sister will now be given Rickmers names. They will also feature the Rickmers-Linie logo on their hulls and Rickmers funnel colours. Pacific Winter will become Rickmers Chennai while Baltic Winter will be renamed Rickmers Dubai.
Compared to the 30, 000dwt vessels used on the Round-The-World Pearl String Service, these two ships are smaller, giving them considerable flexibility because they can call at ports where depth of water, turning circles and berth lengths may be more restricted. Furthermore they have the greatest lift capability of any ship in theRickmers fleet. Two 400 tonne cranes that can be twinned to lift 800 tonnes are complemented by a 120 tonne crane further forward.
These features will be invaluable on the Europe to Middle East/India Service, says Ulrich Ulrichs, Rickmers-Linie’s Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director:
“With heavy out-of-gauge cargo, you need to get the cargo as close as possible to the ultimate destination as overland transportation is expensive and complicated. These vessels enable us to offer an increased choice in ports to our customers.”
Rickmers Chennai will begin her maiden voyage for Rickmers in Singapore in mid-April when she commences a voyage to Europe via India and the Middle East. Rickmers-Linie states that calls at any port en route can be considered.
Rickmers-Linie is one of the world’s leading specialists in the global transportation of break bulk, heavy lift and project cargo by sea.
With regular sailings and reliable schedules, the company has set new industry standards. The “Round-the-World Pearl String Service” connects the core business areas of the world. Liner services between the US, Europe and the Middle East/India as well as special charter sailings on demand add value for the globally active customers. In March 2013, Rickmers announced the inauguration of its new Westbound Round-The-World Service.
The company belongs to Rickmers Group, which offers diversified activities in the segments of Maritime Assets, Maritime Services and Rickmers-Linie. Rickmers Group currently manages a fleet of more than 100 vessels.