HAMBURG: Rickmers-Line, a company of Bremen-based shipping company Zeaborn Group, took over business operations of compatriot liner services specialist Rickmers-Linie on April 1.
The takeover, which was announced on February 9 and received clearance from antitrust authorities on March 7, also includes the entire operating business of Rickmers’ subsidiaries, MCC Marine Consulting & Contracting, a bunker and chartering broker, and NPC Projects, which offers a heavy lift tramp service.
“The change will have no impact on the former Rickmers-Linie’s workforce, routes and tonnage under long-term charter. All Rickmers-Linie offices remain in place as do NPC subsidiary offices. Rickmers-Line will conduct business on behalf of the carrier company RZ Carrier,” Rickmers-Line said in a statement.
Coinciding with the closing of the acquisition, Zeaborn has acquired Rickmers Hamburg, a multipurpose (MPP) heavy lift vessel, from its previous owners.
The vessel will operate for RZ Carrier under the brand of Rickmers-Line and after a docking in Asia will rejoin the Pearl String Liner Service of Rickmers-Line at the end of May 2017, according to Rickmers-Line. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.