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Hamburg-based Rickmers-Linie provides a worldwide network of liner services for the transportation of breakbulk, project and heavy lift cargo. The company‘s roots date back more than 180 years and today Rickmers-Linie is one of the world‘s leading specialists in the global sea transportation of project and heavy-lift cargo. Rickmers-Linie currently owns or longterm charters 18 specialist vessels and spot charters others.  

Rickmers-Linie is renowned for its innovative Round-the-World Pearl String Service with a unique concept offering fortnightly sailings, fast transit times and reliable schedules. With the establishment of its Pearl String Service, the company has revolutionised the shipment of heavy-lift and project cargoes by enabling customers to plan their cargo flows more easily.

The Pearl String Service is served by ten identical 30,000 dwt purpose-built Superflex Heavy Multi-Purpose Container (MPC) ships, which were designed primarily with project cargo in mind. The vessels are equipped with four large cranes, the two heaviest of which can be twinned for a lifting capacity of up to 640 tonnes. The main hatches are 32 m in length to allow long loads to be accommodated below deck. Adjustable tweendecks enhance space utilisation for cargo with varied cargo height. Furthermore, a dehumidifying system controls the air in all holds, ensuring protection from condensation for all types of cargo.

 The Pearl String service is complemented by a regular liner service from Europe to the Middle East and India and vice versa, as well as the new Westbound Round-The-World Service which was inaugurated in March 2013, connecting Asia, South America, North America and again Asia.

Rickmers-Linie constantly strives to improve service quality and to increase overall efficiency. This has inspired the company to develop a software solution that changes stowage planning and cargo management completely. Cargo items are digitalised to a realistic CAD model for the simulation of cargo lifting, handling and bedding on our vessels – for the benefit of an optimised cargo flow with a reduced risk of damage to the cargo. The lashing module of RICOSYS has been approved by Germanischer Lloyd.

Rickmers-Linie is represented worldwide by eighteen own offices and more than fifty agencies all over the world. Own offices are located in Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Antwerp, Genoa, Mumbai, Singapore, Houston,  Shanghai, Beijing, Dalian, Tianjin & Xingang, Qingdao, Urumqi, Tokyo, Seoul, Dubai and Sao Paulo.

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