Rickmers christens four containerships

‘Maersk Edinburgh’ (ex-Pearl Rickmers) is the first ULCS of Rickmers Group which entered service with Maersk (Photo: Rickmers) ‘Maersk Edinburgh’ (ex-Pearl Rickmers) is the first ULCS of Rickmers Group which entered service with Maersk (Photo: Rickmers)

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) witnessed a quadruple naming ceremony at its Ulsan shipyard when the German Rickmers Group christened four New Panamax (NPX) ultra-large container ships (ULCS) of 13,100 TEU each.

Each of the four ships, Pearl Rickmers, Ruby Rickmers, Aqua Rickmers and Coconee Rickmers, has a service speed of 24.3 knots. They have been chartered long-term to Maersk Line and will join Maersk’s E-class as Maersk Edinburgh, Maersk Emden, Maersk Eindhoven and Maersk Essen.

The 366m long, 48.20m wide ships were delivered during July and August 2010, and entered into Maersk’s new joint service with CMA CGM linking Asia and North Europe. A further four sister ships are due for delivery to the Rickmers Group in 2011, also for charter to Maersk Line.

Containers are carried 17-wide below deck and 19-wide on the hatch-covers. The maximum capacity of each ship is 7,074 TEU on deck and 6,018 TEU below deck, making 13,092 TEU in total. Based on a homogeneous container weight of 14 tonnes per TEU, the maximum capacity is about 9,080 TEU. Reefer plugs are available for 800 FEUs. Each ship is powered by a single Hyundai-Wärtsilä 12RT-flex96C main engine weighing over 2,000 tonnes and developing 68,640kW (MCR) at 102rpm. Five 2,700kW diesel generators are installed.

Although designed for a service speed of 24.3 knots, the RT-flex engines achieve 21.5 knots at 60% of the engine’s normal output but can slow steam as required under charterers’ current service patterns, generating substantial fuel savings.

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