Rickmers-Linie said it will take delivery of two new 20,000-deadweight-ton multipurpose ships in 2015.
Built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China, the ships will have two 450-ton cranes and one 120-ton crane. The two main cranes will enable the ships to load cargoes weighing up to 900 ton in a single lift.
Ulrich Ulrichs, managing director and chief operating officer of Rickmers-Linie, said Rickmers Group is "working with the yard to develop a more efficient design to reflect current market needs. Significantly improved technical specifications will lead to a substantial reduction in fuel consumption. The optimized hull form and a high efficiency propeller and rudder will enable the new ships to achieve an operating speed of 16.5 knots while using considerably less power and being optimised for slower speeds."
He added the company has "not yet determined on which new routes these vessels will be placed. Bearing in mind that the current multi-purpose and heavy lift orderbook shows that deliveries from 2015 onwards are very few, we are confident that there will be strong market requirements for these excellent vessels." - Chris Dupin