The Sponsor was founded, and is primarily owned, by its chairman, Mr. Bertram R.C. Rickmers, whose family has been involved in the shipping industry for more than 180 years. In 1984, Mr. Rickmers established Rickmers Reederei, which today is a leading ship owner. In 2000, Mr. Rickmers acquired from Hapag-Lloyd, Rickmers-Linie, which today is a leading breakbulk, project cargo liner service. Rickmers Reederei and Rickmers-Linie are subsidiaries of the Sponsor.
Over the years, the Rickmers Group has experienced significant growth, expanding the fleet of ships it owns and/or manages, which includes containerships, breakbulk, multi-purpose carriers and bulk carriers, from 22 ships in 1997 to over 100 ships today. With its fleet of more than 70 large and small containerships, the Rickmers Group is one of the world's leading containership operators and possesses longstanding charter relationships with a number of the world's largest container liner shipping companies, including Maersk Line, CMA CGM, MSC, NOL, Evergreen, OOCL, NYK, Hamburg Süd and Hapag-Lloyd.
The Rickmers name has immediate recognition among our target customers as a first class vessel operator with high quality, reliable and safe operating standards. This recognition is especially important when acquiring and retaining relationships with major container liner shipping companies that are looking for a reliable and responsive containership operator to meet their exacting standards for vessel leasing and day-to-day operations. Furthermore, the Sponsor has developed good working relationships with several leading shipyards, including Dalian Shipyard of China, and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction of South Korea. The Sponsor also has extensive experience in newbuilding design, drawing approval and technical supervision.
Through its headquarters in Germany and regional headquarters in Singapore, the Sponsor conducts its operations through a network of offices strategically located around the world in Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Antwerp, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Dalian, Hong Kong, Tianjin, Qingdao, Urumqi, Xingang, Houston and Singapore. The Sponsor's principal office and headquarters are located at Neumuehlen 19, 22763 Hamburg, Germany and its website is www.rickmers.com.