Breakbulk carrier Zeaborn Group is to purchase five Superflex heavy-lift vessels from Rickmers Holding.
The deal is expected to conclude by the end of September and the vessels are each equipped with intermediate decks for optimizable loading capacities and four cranes with a combined lifting capacity of 640 tons.
Headquartered in Bremen in the north of Germany, Zeaborn acquired breakbulk shipper Rickmers-Linie and NPC Projects business operations earlier this year, and rebranded the carrier as Rickmers-Line. Zeaborn operates a combined fleet of about 50 multipurpose vessels, with lifting capacities of up to 700 tons.
“The purchase of these five vessels from Rickmers Holding is therefore not only a further commitment to the expansion of commercial activities and of the Rickmers-Line, but also ensures independence from third-party tonnage and external influences. With the ownership of the liner-service vessels, we are able to ensure the Round-The-World Pearl String liner service for our customers on a sustainable basis,” said Ove Meyer, managing partner at Zeaborn.
The five vessels purchased are Rickmers Singapore, Rickmers Jakarta, Rickmers New Orleans, Rickmers Seoul and Rickmers Dalian.