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
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
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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