Historic call as Rickmers-Linie carries largest
Siemens gas turbine to Turkey
A special loading operation has taken place in
Bremerhaven, involving Rickmers-Linie’s MV RICKMERS
HAMBURG, a 485-tonne Siemens gas turbine, a
465-tonne Siemens generator and German project
freight forwarder Bertling.
Not only did the operation involve the
transport of the largest gas turbine ever
manufactured by Siemens, it also marked the first
call of this class of Rickmers-Linie ship – a
30,000dwt multipurpose heavy lift vessel – in
Bremerhaven, the place where the Rickmers Group was
founded in 1834.
The Siemens gas turbine, which can generate up to
600 MW and has a weight of 485 tonnes, was safely
loaded from a barge onto RICKMERS HAMBURG and was
followed by a 465-tonne generator and accessories.
The parts belong to a gas power plant project, in
Hamitabat close to Lüleburgaz in the northwest of
Turkey, which is scheduled to be completed by
The load is the first of four shipments and will be
discharged in the port of Tekirdag, southwest of
Istanbul. Rickmers-Linie’s specialized vessels
will make three more calls at Bremerhaven to load
cargo for this project.
Navitrans, agents for Rickmers-Linie in Turkey,
secured the project for Rickmers-Linie in
negotiations with Bertling Logistics in Istanbul,
the nominated freight forwarder, which is
coordinating logistics for this project. The office
of Bertling Logistics in Hamburg supported their
Turkish colleagues with the pre-carriage
arrangements in Germany as well as in local
coordination and documentation.
Dirk Gindl, General Manager Sales Germany at
Rickmers-Linie commented on the loading operation:
"Due to the weight of the cargo and the (for us)
historic background of the location, this was not
just like any other port call. Of course, no
loading operation is ever exactly like another and
it is never a routine. As always, thorough
preparation, taking into consideration the value,
size and weight of the cargo, was key to ensure a
smooth and safe operation.”
Bremerhaven is the city where Clasen Rickmers
established his shipyard in 1834. Rickmers-Linie, a
specialized liner operator for the worldwide
carriage of break bulk, heavy lift and project
cargoes, continues the Rickmers tradition, being
one of the companies of Rickmers Group.
A photograph to accompany the press
release is available to download at
The caption reads:
was entrusted with the transport of this
485-tonne gas turbine made by Siemens for a
power plant project in Turkey."
Note to editors
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.
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diversified activities in the segments of Maritime
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