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Rickmers back to Burma

[ April 27, 2012   //   ]

Heavylift shipping specialist Rickmers-Linie is offering calls at Myanmar, following the EU’s lifitng of trade sanctions. Initially, the country’s main port, Yangon, will be served on inducement as part of the company’s Indian service and will cater for cargo up to 800 tonnes in weight.

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, was once the capital city of Burma and is still the largest city and commercial centre with a population of over four million.

Rickmers-Linie’s director, sales & marketing, Gerhard Janssen, notes that Myanmar’s infrastructure, including that of Yangon itself, will require significant improvements to match other major cities in Southeast Asia: “Free of sanctions, Myanmar’s economy should develop quickly and an increase in construction activity is inevitable. That will drive demand for breakbulk and project cargo.” Myanmar’s new capital Naypyidaw, just over 300km north of Yangon, is said to be one of the world’s 10 fastest-growing cities.

Rickmers’ Indian service fleet consists of Linde, Martin and Baltic Winter, as well as Rickmers Yokohama and Rickmers Tianjin. While the 2011-built Baltic Winter has a deadweight of 19,800 tonnes and is capable of lifting individual items of cargo up to 800 tonnes in weight, Linde and Martin, both built in 2005, are 12,800dwt ships each equipped with two 120-tonne capacity cranes that can be twinned to lift 240 tonnes. The 17,000 dwt sister vessels Rickmers Yokohama and Rickmers Tianjin each have a maximum lifting capacity of 300 tonnes.


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