Start of Rickmers-Line under new ownership: Zeaborn acquires MPP heavy lift vessel RICKMERS HAMBURG

Hamburg, 5 April 2017. Rickmers-Line GmbH & Co. KG, a company of Bremen-based Zeaborn Group, has taken over business operations of Rickmers-Linie and MCC Marine as well as NPC Projects effective 1 April 2017. The takeover was announced on 9 February and has received clearance from antitrust authorities on 7 March.

The change will have no impact on the former Rickmers-Linie-workforce, -routes and -tonnage under long-term charter. All Rickmers-Linie offices remain in place as do NPC subsidiary offices. Rickmers-Line GmbH & Co. KG will conduct business on behalf of the carrier company RZ Carrier GmbH & Co. KG.

Coinciding with the closing of above takeover, Zeaborn has acquired the Superflex Heavy MPC vessel mv RICKMERS HAMBURG from its previous owners. The vessel will operate for RZ Carrier under the brand of Rickmers-Line and after a docking in Asia will re-join the Round-The-World Pearl String Service of Rickmers-Line at the end of May 2017. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

The 30,000dwt mv RICKMERS HAMBURG was built in 2002 and has since operated in the renowned Pearl String Liner Service. The vessel is equipped with four cranes, the two most powerful of which come with a lifting capacity of 320 tonnes each, combinable to 640 tonnes. Adjustable tween decks optimize stowage of units with varying height and dehumidifying devices in the holds make sure that moisture-sensitive cargo arrives in good shape.

The purchase of mv RICKMERS HAMBURG by ZEABORN is a clear commitment to the existing Rickmers-Line service concept.


Note to editors

Rickmers-Line is part of Bremen-based Zeaborn Group, an integrated shipping company operating globally in the MPP segment. The Group provides services along the entire value-added chain, meeting capital market requirements. Zeaborn Group has a team of close to 200 employees and currently controls a fleet of about 50 multi-purpose heavy-lift vessels with deadweight capacities (dwat) between 7,500 and 30,000 tonnes, and a combined lifting capacity of up to 700 tonnes.

Rickmers-Line is one of the world's leading specialists in the global transportation of break bulk, heavy lift and project cargo by sea. Its liner services with scheduled sailings are renowned for their reliability. The "Round-the-World Pearl String Service" connects the core business areas of the world on an eastbound rotation and employs nine sister vessels of the Superflex Heavy MPC Class. Liner services between the US, Europe the Middle East/India and South East Asia, from Asia to South America (westbound Round-The-World) as well as special charter sailings on demand along the trade lanes of these liner services add value for the globally active customers.



The ZEABORN Group is a globally active, integrated shipping company in the MPP segment that covers the entire value chain and meets the requirements of the capital market.


ZEABORN's strategic objective and target is to expand both the commercial and the technically managed fleet, in addition to the basic principles of transparency and fair partnership, and to realize maximum effects in favor of the tonnage operated. In addition to the acquisition of Resale Tonnage, the focus is also on the establishment of strategic partnerships and the expansion of the team in technical and commercial management.


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“Zeaborn has purchased the Superflex Heavy MPC vessel RICKMERS HAMBURG. After a regular docking in Asia the vessel will re-join the Round-The-World Pearl String Service of Rickmers-Line at the end of May 2017.”


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Holger Römer, ZEABORN GmbH & Co. KG, Marcusallee 35, 28359 Bremen, Germany

c/o Zech Group GmbH, August-Bebel-Allee 1, 28329 Bremen

Phone: +49 (0)421 / 4 10 07 – 113, Mobil: +49 (0)151 / 11 720 982



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