Sappio Appointed President & CEO of Rickmers Americas The Rickmers Group has appointed Robert Sappio to the position of President and CEO of Rickmers Americas. He will report to Ronald D Widdows, CEO of Rickmers Holding. Sappio will be responsible for all aspects of Rickmers Group’s business in the Americas: including Rickmers-Linie (America) which is based in Houston, Texas, and the Maersk-Rickmers US Flag joint venture, which operates multi-purpose heavy lift cargo ships. For the Rickmers-Linie business, Mr Sappio will also report to Ulrich Ulrichs and Rüdiger Gerhardt, Managing Directors of Rickmers-Linie, who are responsible for the global operations of the Group’s heavy-lift and breakbulk business. Sean Carney, formally the head of Rickmers-Linie in the US will continue to have responsibilities within the heavy-lift/breakbulk business. Mr Sappio joins Rickmers Group from his previous position as a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting in San Francisco. He has nearly 30 years of experience in shipping, intermodal transportation, logistics and supply chain management. He has served a broad range of clients across the US, Europe and Asia.
The former Sealift/Frontline Suezmax tanker "Front Granite", now owned by Granite B.V., a wholly owned subsidiairy of Dockwsise Ltd., "Trustee", has been delivered to Cosco Zhoushan Shipyard on March 20, 2008 and the conversion into a heavy lift vessel will start. The conversion from a tanker into a heavy lift vessel embodies the complete renewal of the entire midship section after removing the original cargo section.
The German project liner and heavy-lift specialist, Rickmers-Linie, has appointed Japan Heavy Lift Inc. (JHL), a Sankyu Group company, as its new general agent for Japan, effective March 1. Rickmers-Linie serves Japan with its Round the World (RTW) service on a fortnightly basis. In due course this service will see a major upgrade with the phasing in of newly built “Superflex Heavy MPC” vessels, of which three have been delivered and further six ships become available later this year
Heavy lift specialist Jumbo enters its heavy lift vessel MV “Jumbo Javelin” newbuild into service this week after having been mated with cranes successfully and passing final sea trials in the North Sea. With its 1,600 tons lift capacity, a hold space of 19,000 cu. m. and a main deck of 2,650 sq. m., MV Jumbo Javelin is without contest the largest heavy lift ship in its class in the world. She is the first in a series of two new ships ordered by Jumbo
A strategic alliance has been formed between Rigging International (RI) of Alameda, California and the Sarens Group of Belgium. Effective May 31, 2009 Sarens acquired 100% of the shares of RI, which will continue to operate under its present name and current management in the heavy lift rigging and heavy haul transport industry. The alliance allows the Sarens Group entry into the US market and greater reach internationally
Jumbo Shipping has completed its eight-month heavy lift transport contract for client KNPC (Kuwait National Petroleum Company). The contract involved the transport of 37 reactors, separators and coke drums for KNPC’s Clean Fuels Project expansion. Jumbo’s Total Transport Solution included shipping and barging operations, as well as land transport. From October 2010 until June 2011, Jumbo’s Heavy Lift Vessels Jumbo Jubilee and Fairpartner and its flat-top barge JB-2
According to the Mena Report, Iran's shipbuilding company Sadra Group will build four cargo ships, worth 100 million euros, for the north German-based Rickmers shipping lines, it was reported on Saturday. The newbuildings have been purpose-designed for the carriage of breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo. With a deadweight of 24,000 tonnes, an overall length of 175m and a beam of 26.5m, they will be fitted with variable height tweendecks for maximum cargo flexibility
On Saturday the 22nd of August 2009, a new tandem heavy lift record was set by MV Jumbo Jubilee. During the crane tests of Jumbo’s latest J-class vessel at the Huisman yard in Schiedam, a ballasted pontoon was lifted out of the water in tandem by the two 900t mast cranes. A load of 1,980 tonnes, 10% on top of the combined safe working load (SWL) of the cranes, was required to obtain a Lloyds Certificate of Compliance
Shipping company owner Peter Harren said declared the building of four specialized heavy lift vessels at Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven “a grand achievement.” At the same time, Harren backed up the hope that Rüdiger Pallentin, Managing Director of the Lloyd Werft shipyard had expressed when the last of this construction series was delivered, underlining: “I am fairly certain that there will be no more than a brief pause in our cooperation
As Oman celebrated its 42nd Renaissance anniversary, Port of Sohar welcomed its 1,000th vessel of the year The 9,000 metric tonne MV Maria, owned and operated by SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, berthed at the container terminal C Steinweg Oman (CSO). On board was a 300-tonne gas turbine due for installation at a new power plant under construction in the Batinah area. The arrival of the 1,000th vessel this early augurs well for a significant increase in ship calls during 2012
Chief Executive Officer of Harvey Gulf International Marine, Shane Guidry announced the execution of three agreements for vessels totaling $540 million. These purchases will raise the total capital expenditures of Harvey Gulf to $1.7 billion since August of 2008.
CSSC Guangzhou Huangpu Shipbuilding (CSSC-HPS) confirmed that it is starting the construction of “two plus two” units of jackup drilling rigs capable of operating in 400 Foot Water Depths, using the Zentech design and TSC integrated equipment packages. Alliance Offshore Drilling PTE Ltd
MarineCFO, a provider of software solutions to the marine transportation industry and a division of Verticalive Inc., announced that E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc., has chosen to implement the full MarineCFO Enterprise software suite, including personnel, pperations, maintenance, and vessel live.
VT Halter Marine Inc, a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc., announced the arrival of a 12,000 MT Floating Dry Dock transported by a heavy lift vessel from the Philippines. The dock dimensions are LOA- 546 FT x B 128.5 FT x D 46 FT. The dry dock is part of an overall expansion plan to the south yard in
Naval Sea System Command's (NAVSEA) Supervisor of Salvage & Diving (SUPSALV) continues to support the removal of the wreck. Guardian ran aground on the coral reef Jan. 17, while transiting the Sulu Sea. After the initial grounding, strong winds pushed the mine counter-measurees ship parallel
SAL Heavy Lift has opened the doors of its new head office at Brooktorkai 20 in HafenCity, Hamburg. The premises sprawl over the 6th floor, and 116 employees are working there. SAL Heavy Lift, a member of the Japanese “K” Line Group
Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division (LROD) announced the latest results of offshore trials of its Lankofirst synthetic fiber rope mooring connector on booth 1517 at OTC 2013. The trials have shown a significant reduction in mooring line deployment times and improvements in health and safety using
Seaway Heavy Lifting contracted by Siemens AG for the transportation & installation of the German North Sea jacket & transmission station. The contractors say that the 5,800 tonnes jacket will be installed by Heavy Lift Vessel “Oleg Strashnov”
Floating craft like motor yachts, sailing yachts or catamarans are quite a regular sight on Rickmers-Linie vessels. However, the ferry which Rickmers-Linie carried from Bangladesh to Denmark on board the long-term charter vessel Baltic Winter is remarkable.
The new build “ZP Bulldog” and her sister tug “ZP Boxer” christened by family of the two General Managers of Schleppreederei KOTUG GmbH. Both ceremonies were held at the tug boat station in the Port of Hamburg with shareholders
As one of the first ballast water treatment systems, RWO’s CleanBallast has received the AMS approval . This certificate is awarded by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and is considered to be the crucial supporting requirement for future purchasing decisions of shipowners and
Conquest MB I, a 1,500-ton offshore heavy lift crane barge from Conquest Offshore worked (off)loading at the quay of Heerema, Flushing, the Netherlands. When changing from 400t, 800t to 1,600t hook block there is no need to change wires, blocks or sheaves
Offshore handling systems specialist, Caley Ocean Systems completed the refurbishment and upgrade of a 2,500-ton, 25-meter diameter reel carousel for Italian offshore contractor Saipem. The reel carousel will be used to transport umbilicals and flowlines from Norway to China on Big Lift heavy lift
On Thursday 25 April 2013, at Lloyd’s of London, a new professional body, the International Association of Marine Warranty Surveyors (IAMWS), was formally launched. Approximately 120 representatives from the energy insurance market together with brokers and oil company representatives
Rickmers-Linie added a 10th vessel on its eastbound Round-the-World Pearl String Service as part of its continuing program of investment in its services. The global breakbulk, heavylift and project specialist has taken the Rickmers Savannah on long-term charter to help it meet customer demand