RICKMERS HAMBURG loading two MEG modules for the Samsung Lotte Project in Lake Charles

Large Scale Project

Lotte MEG Project - Lake Charles

On 5 and 6 July 2017, mv RICKMERS HAMBURG loaded two large modules in Incheon, South Korea for the Lotte MEG plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Rickmers-Line was awarded this 120.000 FRT project by Samsung for one of the world's largest monoethylene glycol (MEG) plants. Having dedicated over 10 consecutive voyages to move all cargo from Korea to the US, we are proud to play our part in the development of Lake Charles as a premier hub for the petrochemical industry. Video and photo footage was taken by drones and land-based cameras.

A Ferry from Bangladesh for Denmark

Water to Water

A Ferry from Bangladesh for Denmark

 Floating craft such as motor yachts, sailing yachts or catamarans are quite a regular sight on Rickmers-Linie vessels. However, the ferry which Rickmers-Linie carried from Bangladesh to Denmark on board the charter vessel BALTIC WINTER (was later renamed RICKMERS DUBAI) in March/April 2013 was remarkable. 


It is the very first ferry built by a Bangladesh shipyard for European owners. Since 27 May 2013 the ferry has been in the service of Hundested-Rørvig Færgefart AS across the fjord after which she is named, ISEFJORD. With a length of 49.80m and a breadth of 11.20m, the ferry can carry up to 28 cars and 147 passengers. Her two main engines, each of 500hp, allow for a speed of approximately 11 knots. Weighing in at 470 tonnes, the ferry was built by Western Marine Shipyard Ltd in Chittagong, Bangladesh. 

After the ISEFJORD was delivered to her owners in Bangladesh in February she was taken on board the multipurpose heavylift vessel BALTIC WINTER using its two 400 tonne cranes in early March. Takeover, lashing, securing and the discharge operations were prepared and supervised by Rickmers-Linie's Cargo Transport Engineering team, ensuring a precise and smooth operation. Due to her relatively low speed, small size and limited bunker capacity, the owners opted for transport by ship even at an early stage of the project, rather than sailing the vessel on its own keel to Europe. The threat of pirate activities in the Gulf of Aden also coloured their decision. 

Transit from Bangladesh to Denmark took six weeks. BALTIC WINTER arrived at Hundested in the early morning haze of Sunday, 14 April 2013 and dropped anchor approximately 7 miles off the little port of Hundested, which would have been too small and shallow to accommodate the BALTIC WINTER. As the fog lifted, discharge operations got underway in sunny weather. 

From early morning when the BALTIC WINTER arrived until after the ISEFJORD was safely discharged and had moored in the Port of Hundested, countless curious onlookers followed the events. The ferry company even organized tours with their smallest ferry SKANSEHAGE, taking interested people out to the scene on Hundested roads to allow spectators a closer look at the new ferry as it was still resting on her cradle on the deck of the cargo vessel or as it was lifted through the two port side cranes. 

After touching water, it took only a little while before the crew of the ferry was able to start up the engines and navigate her into her homeport. Applauded by hundreds of locals, the ISEFJORD arrived in Hundested at approximately 6:00 p.m. After berthing she was immediately boarded by the curious crowd to tour the new vessel. 

Rickmers-Linie is partner of choice for Kirow

Long-term partnership

Rickmers-Linie is partner of choice for Kirow

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based liner carrier for break bulk, heavy lifts and project cargoes has again been chosen by Kirow for the transportation of railway cranes from Hamburg to Xingang. The shipment in August 2014 marked the continuation of a long-standing relationship between the two companies, but was nevertheless a special shipment. It contained six cranes of the type KRC 2880. 20 more units of the type KRC 1680 are to follow into 2015. 
Kirow has been a long-term supplier of the Chinese railways. The company has already delivered a number of railway cranes for the ever expanding railway network in China. The cranes are used in various railway administrations throughout the country.  
Kuehne & Nagel in Leipzig and Hamburg took care of the freight forwarding and the booking of the six cranes. The cranes were transported to the Wallmann Terminal in the Port of Hamburg by barge and road transport.  

 More information about Kirow can be obtained on www.kranunion.de/en/kirow/

Challenging cargo operation

LPG storage tanks from Malaysia to Kuwait

Challenging cargo operation


The new plant will be built on an area of 150,000 square meters and provide 15 million cylinders of gas every year. The overall project, which involves six tanks, is being handled by the Malaysian heavylift transport specialists SGV Logistik Sdn Bhd and Aman Logistics Sdn Bhd. It was SGV Logistik that awarded to Rickmers-Linie the contract to transport the first three units to Kuwait. Each tank measures 60.1m x 9.0m x 9.75m and proved a challenge for Baltic Winter, one of Rickmers-Linie's large fleet of heavylift multi-purpose dry cargo vessels. 

Despite being fitted with two 400-tonne cranes that can be twinned to lift 800 tons, calculating a safe stability configuration was not easy. In normal circumstances this would not have been a big issue but the fact that no stability pontoon was available on this vessel, it turned out to be quite a difficult job. After hours of thorough preparation and planning, the Rickmers-Linie Cargo Transportation Engineering Team finally developed a suitable solution. Rickmers-Linie Super Cargo Captain Taufan and Thomas Mieß attended the lifting operation in Kuantan to assure the safe conduct of the lifting and cargo securing procedures. 

Background to the project  

In September 2010, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) signed contract with South Korea's Hanwha Engineering and Construction Company to establish a liquefied gas plant in the Umm Al-Aish area. KOTC said at the time that the project will provide for the needs of the northern region of the state and the new cities and projects like Bobyan Port and Al-Hareer City, adding that it will serve the local market until 2030. The project will use the latest technology in filling gas cylinders and will use the safest and environmentally sound ways for storage, KOTC noted.

Transport of Spirit fuselage sections for Airbus to France

Long-term contract

Transport of Spirit fuselage sections for Airbus to France

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based operator of heavy lift and project liner services, has been selected by Spirit AeroSystems as its partner for the transportation of fuselage sections for Airbus from Morehead City, North Carolina (NC), to Montoir (Port of Nantes St. Nazaire) in Northern France.  
 The contract covers the transportation of fuselage sections and will run over a period of several years.  The fuselage sections are designed for the Airbus A350 XWB series.  After a trial shipment was carried out successfully earlier this year, the contract was signed recently.  
 “We are looking forward to this cooperation with Spirit,” said Gerhard Janssen, Director Marketing & Sales at Rickmers-Linie. “We are proud to become part of the supply chain for Spirit in its deliveries to Airbus. This contract shows once again that our liner concept for heavy lifts and project cargoes with regular schedules and reliable service is sought after by our customers.”  

More information about Spirit can be found under www.spiritaero.com    

Japanese Space Mission for Rickmers-Linie

Most valuable piece of cargo

Japanese Space Mission for Rickmers-Linie

Space may be the final frontier but in this instance, the craft setting out on a momentousvoyage was not the starship Enterprise but Rickmers New Orleans, one of nine identicalships maintaining Rickmers-Linie's bi-weekly Round-the-World Pearl String service forheavylift and project cargo. 
On board was the Experiment Logistics Module - PressurisedSection (ELM-PS), which forms part of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo (meaning'hope'), part of the Japanese contribution to the International Space Station (ISS).Rickmers New Orleans loaded the ELM-PS in Yokohama on 7 February 2007 and discharged it in Port Canaveral, close to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Rarely can a loading operationhave been more closely scrutinised with executives from the Japan Aerospace ExplorationAgency (JAXA) and NASA joined by Bertram R C Rickmers, Chairman of the RickmersGroup, and Jan B Steffens, Managing Director of Rickmers-Linie.Kibo is Japan's first human space facility and its primary contribution to the ISS. 

It will enhance the unique research capabilities of the orbiting complex by providing an additionalenvironment in which astronauts can conduct scientific experiments. The ELM-PS as carriedby Rickmers New Orleans, will serve as a storage area for materials, tools and supplies. It can hold up to eight experiment racks and being pressurised, astronauts will be able to workwithin in shirt-sleeve conditions.Conception and development of the ELM-PS which will be used mainly for microgravityexperiments took more than 10 years and is the most precious cargo ever carried by aRickmers vessel. 

The insurance value of the ELM-PS was a multiple of that of the carryingvessel and was launched into space by the space shuttle Endeavour on Mission STS-123 in 2008. The Japanese astronaut Takao Doi was on board the shuttle and visited the ISS to assemble Kibo. Nippon Express Ltd and Kokusai Aeromarine Ltd were involved as freight forwarders both in Japan and the US. The booking was arranged through Rickmers-Linie's own office in Tokyo, Rickmers Japan Inc, which was established in June 2006.

RICOSYS system pays off

Rickmers-Linie was entrusted with the transportation of the precious unit because of theschedule reliability of its liner service and the extensive preplanning provided. Handling,securing and lashing of the unit was simulated in the shipping company's Hamburgheadquarters building using Rickmers-Linie's unique 3D-cargo management systemRICOSYS prior to booking and transportation, thus resulting in the seamless preparation of the operation.Rickmers New Orleans made a pinpoint arrival on schedule at Port Canaveral on 11 March 2007, thus safeguarding the timetable of the Japanese ISS participation.