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Rickmers-Linie increases frequency of Round-The-World service

Rickmers-Linie increases frequency of Round-The-World service

Hamburg: Rickmers-Linie has announced that is has chartered the 30,000dwt Cape Darby for two years in order to increase capacity on its core service, the Round-The-World Pearl String Service. The ship is a near sister to the Superflex Heavy MPC vessels, which the company received from Chinese shipyards in 2002 to 2004.
The vessel (pictured) has been renamed Rickmers Houston before being phased into service in South East Asia in June/July 2008. It was built in China in 2001 and is equipped with tweendecks in all five holds. Its service speed is 18 knots. The vessel's length is 192.90mtr, its breadth 27.80mtr and the maximum draft 11.20mtr. The ship is equipped with twin 100 tonne cranes that can be paired to lift 200 tonnes.
Jan Steffens, Rickmers-Linie president and ceo said, "It allows us to offer our customers additional capacity and to improve the frequency on the trade lanes from Europe to Asia, Asia to America and America to Europe from fourteen to eleven days. This will add to our reliability and service quality.
Furthermore, the Rickmers Houston fits perfectly into our Pearl String schedule, having an identical service speed and with many other details being the same as our proven Rickmers Hamburg-class vessels."  [18/02/08]

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