Rickmers of Hamburg steps up services

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on June 10, 2011 Published on June 09, 2011

Hamburg-based Rickmers-Linie is ramping up its services to and from India with four new vessels, thus providing direct east and west-bound services between Europe and India, according to shipping industry sources.

Two 12,800 dwt vessels, Linde and Martin, have been deployed in the service. Two new ships of 17,800 dwt each, Yokohama and Tianjin, will be deployed shortly. The vessels being deployed are ideally suited for Mumbai where locks restrict the size of vessels.

Base ports

The base ports are Hamburg, Antwerp, Genoa, Mumbai and Chennai. Calls to Pakistan and West Asia might be considered depending on cargo inducement.

West Asia will be primarily served by Rickmers' round-the-world Pearl String service operating nine vessels of 30,000 dwt capacity each. Rickmers sees demand prospects increasing for break-bulk space on the Europe-India route.

On the eastbound, it is expecting steel products as base load, topping off with manufactured goods ranging from mobile cranes and mining products through to specialist railway and power generation equipment.

On the westbound, there are more and more non-containerisable shipments of engineering and manufacturing items, the sources add.

Published on June 09, 2011
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