Monday, December 17, 2012

Heavy Lift and Break Bulk Cargo Shipping Line Orders New Vessels

900 tonne Lifts to be Possible on Rickmers Latest Chinese Built Acquistions
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – CHINA – WORLDWIDE – Hamburg headquartered break bulk cargo and heavy lift specialist Rickmers-Linie is to add to its 115 strong fleet of merchant vessels with the purchase of two 20,000dwt newbuildings in 2015, to be built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China, part of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). Both of these multi-purpose vessels will be equipped with two 450-tonne cranes (plus one 120-tonne crane) giving the ships the ability to load up to 900 tonnes in a single lift. Rickmers-Linie is part of the Rickmers Group which includes Rickmers Reederei that charters container ships and other craft to various major shipping lines.

The new ships will be delivered between January and March 2015 with the responsibility for construction supervision and technical management in the hands of Rickmers Shipmanagement while asset and commercial management will be undertaken by Rickmers Reederei. The new vessels are to be known in the Rickmers-Linie fleet as ‘PX-900-type’ vessels, a classification Ulrich Ulrichs, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Rickmers-Linie, explained, saying:

“While the design is based on the P1/P2 Type, the Rickmers Group is working with the yard to develop a more efficient design to reflect current market needs. Significantly improved technical specifications will lead to a substantial reduction in fuel consumption. The optimised hull form and a high efficiency propeller and rudder will enable the new ships to achieve an operating speed of 16.5 knots while using considerably less power and being optimised for slower speeds operating down to 10% MCR.

“We have not yet determined on which new routes these vessels will be placed. Bearing in mind that the current multi-purpose and heavy lift order book shows that deliveries from 2015 onwards are very few, we are confident that there will be strong market requirements for these excellent vessels.”

At a time when new orders for vessels are few and far between it is a confident note that has been sounded by the German group who say that each of the new ships will measure a fraction under 171 metres in length overall with a 25.20 metre beam, both being powered by MAN B&W 6S46 engines.

Photo: Courtesy of Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd.