German breakbulk shipping firm Zeaborn said it has completed its takeover of the Rickmers-Line, MCC Marine and NPC Projects businesses.
Rickmers-Line remains a leading breakbulk shipping brand and the acquisition brings with it a fleet of multipurpose vessels, offices in Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the USA, and an extensive agency network, Zeaborn said.
“The [takeover] will have no impact on the former Rickmers-Linie workforce, routes and tonnage under long-term charter. All Rickmers-Linie offices remain in place as do NPC subsidiary offices. Rickmers-Line will conduct business on behalf of the carrier company RZ Carrier,” a spokesperson for Zeaborn said.
Zeaborn adds Superflex muscle
Coinciding with the closure of takeover, Zeaborn has also acquired the Superflex Heavy MPC vessel Rickmers Hamburg from its previous owners. The 30,000-deadweight-tonne vessel has operated on the Pearl String Liner Service since 2002.
This service employs nine sister Superflex Heavy MPC Class vessels and connects major breakbulk hubs worldwide on an eastbound rotation along with special charter sailings on demand.
After a brief a docking in Asia, the vessel will rejoin the Round-The-World Pearl String Service at the end of May. It will continue to operate for RZ Carrier under the brand of Rickmers-Line.
The vessel is equipped with four cranes, the two most powerful of which come with a lifting capacity of 320 tonnes each, combinable to 640 tonnes.
Adjustable tween decks optimize stowage of units with varying height and dehumidifying devices in the holds make sure that moisture-sensitive cargo arrives in good shape.
‘Clear commitment’ to Rickmers-Line concept
“The purchase of Rickmers Hamburg by Zeaborn is a clear commitment to the existing Rickmers-Line service concept,” a spokesperson for Zeaborn said.
Headquartered in Bremen in the north of Germany, Zeaborn now operates a fleet of more than 50 multipurpose vessels, ranging from 7,500 to 30,000 dwt, and increase employee count to almost 200.
“Everyone who knows the shipping industry knows that this is a very challenging task in our time. In this respect, it’s a fortune for our development that Rickmers-Linie was available at the right time,” said Jan Hendrik Többe, managing partner of Zeaborn.
Photo: The heavy-lift vessel Rickmers Hamburg. Credit: Zeaborn