Rickmers-Linie has added a tenth vessel to its eastbound Round-the-World Pearl String Service as part of its continuing programme of investment. The global breakbulk, heavylift and project specialist has taken Rickmers Savannah on long-term charter to help meet customer demand.

The 30,000dwt Superflex Heavy MPC Rickmers Savannah, which was delivered by Jinling Shipyard in November 2010, is identical to the nine vessels of the Rickmers Hamburg class which Rickmers-Linie already deploys on the service: the ships are self-sustaining, with four large cranes, the two heaviest of which can be twinned for a lifting capacity of up to 640 tonnes. Adjustable ‘tweendecks allow for optimised stowage, with variations in cargo height and dehumidifying devices in all holds.

The company’s tenth vessel gives Rickmers the ability to react to market changes and enhance their schedule integrity. As the vessel is identical to Rickmers’ backbone fleet of nine RTW-vessels, which means that she fits well with her fleet mates. The eastbound Round-the-World Pearl String Service was launched ten years ago, connecting Europe, Asia and North America, and calling at ports including Hamburg, Antwerp and Genoa.

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