Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rickmers Shipping Line Adds Bilbao To Schedule Due to Heavy Lift Freight Demand

New Train Shipments Clinch Decision
Shipping News Feature

BILBAO / SPAIN - Rickmers-Linie, the German liner specialist for project cargoes and heavy lifts, will be making regular monthly calls at the Port of Bilbao in Northern Spain. The decision has been prompted by increased demand for specialist services at the port, including a major contract Rickmers has won to ship high-speed trains built by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) from Bilbao to Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

Manuel Torres, line manager at E Erhardt y Cia, agents of Rickmers-Linie in Spain, is delighted to have this regular call: “The Port of Bilbao is one of Spain’s most important ports for breakbulk and heavylift cargo. There is a lot of traffic, both import and export, which we believe we can attract to the Rickmers-Linie service now that we have this regular call.”

To test the strength of the market, Rickmers-Linie has already made several calls recently, mostly on an inducement basis. Inbound cargoes have included steel plates from Asia and granite blocks from India while export freight has largely been machinery and similar product.

It is anticipated that the regular monthly calls in Bilbao will be provided through the upgrading of Rickmers-Linie’s Europe – Middle East/India service, with Rickmers’ eastbound Round-the-World Pearl String service continuing to make calls on inducement.

Three new vessels have been brought into service on the Europe-West Asia schedule, with another two due to join shortly.

(pic: Rickmers Hamburg loading a six-unit high-speed train set in Bilbao for the Saudi Arabian port of Dammam)