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Rickmers-Linie Facts & Figures

  • Core fleet11 vessels
  • Chartered vesselsas per demand
  • Employees ashoreca. 170
  • FRT p.a.ca. 2 million
  • Head officeHamburg
  • Offices worldwide15
Reliability, punctuality, safety and the highest levels of technical competence generate success in logistics. We provide these and more in our transport from port to port and for some clients even door to door. With our Round-The-World Pearl String Service, we established a liner service with unrivalled reliability, and a well-known, high-quality brand with excellent client loyalty.

Rickmers-Linie is a leading global specialist for the ocean transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargoes, and deliveries for large-scale projects. Cargoes transported include transformers, generators, locomotives, pressure vessels, construction machinery, wind turbines, facility components for the chemical and petrochemical industries, breweries, cement facilities, and sailing and motor yachts. 

In 2003 Rickmers-Linie revolutionised the market by setting up the "Round-The-World Pearl String Service". With short transit times and a reliable schedule, the vessels on this liner service follow a fixed itinerary serving 16 ports around the globe on an eastbound route with departures every 14 days. The portsinclude Hamburg, Antwerp, Genoa, Singapore, Shanghai, Masan, Yokohama and Houston. Further port calls along the main route may be added in case of sufficient demand.  

For our customers, the Pearl String concept in practice also makes supply chain traffic and just-in-time deliveries possible, even in project cargo and heavylift operations.  

The Round-The-World Pearl String Service is operated by nine modern and identical vessels with a cargo capacity of 30,000 dwt that were built in China between 2002 and 2004. Each vessel has four cranes, the two largest of which (each 320 tonnes capacity) can be combined to lift units of up to 640 tonnes on board. Flexible tweendecks mean that the height of the cargo holds can be adapted to accommodate cargoes with varying heights. Dehumidification systems ensure improved air quality for moisture-sensitive cargoes. 

In addition to 16 branches, we are present worldwide through more than 50 agencies. Our offices include Hamburg, Antwerp, Houston, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul.