Rickmers-Linie Takes Over Nordana’s Project Business
Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based liner service specialist for breakbulk, heavy lift, and project cargo, is taking over the activities of tramp and chartering specialist Nordana Project & Chartering.
The business will continue under the name and brand NPC and become an independent division supplementing the Rickmers-Linie segment within the Rickmers Group effective July 1, 2016. Nordana has offices in Copenhagen, Bangkok, Singapore, and Houston.
In the new arrangement NPC will operate a multipurpose heavy-lift fleet worldwide in the size range between 8,000 and 21,000 dwt with a lifting capacity of up to 500 tons. The core fleet will be made up of Nordana’s 12,000 dwt heavy lift vessels and will include Thai flag vessels. NPC will be managed by Lars Steen Rasmussen (Copenhagen) and Torben Reinhard (Bangkok) and will be a separate entity within the Rickmers-Linie segment.
The takeover of NPC through Rickmers-Linie comes a year after Nordana Project & Chartering nominated Rickmers (Japan) as their sole general agent in Japan as a result of which NPC considerably increased the number of its calls at Japanese ports. In March this year Nordana nominated Rickmers-Linie as its representative in China. The successful cooperation between the two companies has since led to the idea to further increase the complementary effects between liner and tramp, which adds value to the customer base of both companies.
“Working together with NPC in our ventures in Japan and China has shown that we fit together really well, both product, and service-wise, as well as with the team spirit and working climates within our companies,” said Ulrich Ulrichs, CEO of Rickmers-Linie. “We reviewed and soon agreed that we should expand our cooperation, which eventually led to Rickmers-Linie taking over the NPC business.”
“We are convinced that many of our esteemed customers will value the combination that is now on offer,” said Lars Steen Rasmussen, the designated CEO of NPC. “We are looking forward to further developing existing customer relations and developing new business for both companies.”
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