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India: Rickmers-Linie expands fleet

25th April 2013

Rickmers-Linie enhances Europe-to-India service with charter of 800-tonne lift capacity vessel Rickmers Chennai

German firm expands India fleet
Rickmers Chennai is the latest addition to the Middle East/India service of Rickmers-Linie

A Germany-based global operator of specialist vessels for transportation of break bulk, heavy lifts and project cargoes has added a new vessel to its fleet, as part of plans to enhance its line of services from Europe to India.

Rickmers-Linie has chartered 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.  Both vessels have been renamed Rickmers Chennai and Rickmers Dubai, respectively.

The two vessels can call at ports where depth of water, turning circles and berth lengths may be more restricted. In both ships, two 400 tonne cranes can be twinned to lift 800 tonnes and are complemented by a 120 tonne crane further forward, making them the ships with the highest lifting capacity in the company’s fleet.  

This will be crucial for Rickmers-Linie’s Europe-to-India service, says Ulrich Ulrichs, Rickmers-Linie’s COO 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.