Rickmers Group


Rickmers-Linie is a specialist in the worldwide ocean transport of breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargoes. The brand has an excellent reputation with its customers and stands for quality, reliability, innovation, technical competence and close customer relationships over many years.

With its unique line services, Rickmers-Linie connects the important economic centres around the globe. The core of the route network is the eastbound Round-the-World Pearl String Service.  

The Rickmers-Linie operates a fleet of 11 multi-purpose carriers and charters further ships as needed, in particular for the service between Europe and the Middle East/India and the westbound Round-the-World Service. We continuously work on increasing the high level of its service quality and overall efficiency. For example, we have developed RICOSYS, a 3D software solution for the best possible load-planning and optimum cargo management. 

Through our own offices in a total of 15 locations, including in Hamburg, Antwerp, Houston, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, we are close to our customers everywhere. This network of our own offices is supplemented by over 50 sales agencies that operate worldwide for the company.

Cargoes transported include heavy lift cargoes such as transformers, generators, pressure vessels, construction machinery, wind or gas turbines, plant components for the chemical, petrochemical and other industries, locomotives and sailing or motor yachts. Our customers in the Rickmers-Linie segment have included large multinational corporations.

Rickmers-Linie company brochure   “cargoes we carry” (English 2015-2)

Rickmers-Linie company brochure “cargoes we carry” (Chinese & English 2015)

Rickmers-Linie Facts & Figures

  • CEO Rickmers-LinieUlrich Ulrichs
  • CAO Rickmers-LinieRüdiger Gerhardt
  • CFO Rickmers-LinieThorsten Pulver
  • Core fleet operated (as per today)10
  • max. lifting capacity in the fleet640 tonnes
  • Number of employees (average)153
  • Head officeHamburg
  • Offices world wide15
  • Sales Agencies>50
  • As at 06/2016