Rickmers-Linie has added a 10th vessel on its eastbound round-the-world Pearl String Service, which connects Europe, Asia and North America, as part of its continuing investment program.
The carrier has taken the Rickmers Savannah, a 30,000-deadweight-ton vessel, on long-term charter. The ship, which was delivered by Jinling Shipyard in November 2010, is identical to nine vessels of the Rickmers Hamburg class that Rickmers-Linie already deploys on the service.
The ships each have four cranes, the two heaviest of which can be twinned for a lifting capacity of up to 640 metric tons. They also have adjustable 'tweendecks and dehumidifying devises.
“The 10th vessel gives us the ability to react to market changes and at the same time we are enhancing our schedule integrity,” said Ulrich Ulrichs, chief operating officer and managing director of Rickmers-Linie, in a written statement.