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Multi-Purpose Container Carrier


Multi-Purpose Container Carrier
Multi-Purpose Container Carrier

The Hamburg-based global project liner and heavy lift specialist Rickmers is enhancing the existing fleet by building state-of-the-art multi purpose vessels, the Superflex Heavy MPCs. These vessels, according to the company, will establish new standards for moving heavy projects, conventional and breakbulk cargoes around the world. Rickmers has just taken delivery of Rickmers Hamburg, the first of nine new Superflex Heavy MPC (multi-purpose container carrier) vessels that are being built in China.

The order for the nine ships was split between three shipbuilders in China. The Xiamen Shipyard is building five of the vessels while the Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing is building two, including Rickmers Hamburg. The remaining two ships are being built by the Shanghai Shipyard. With adjustable ‘tweendecks for optimal space utilisation and dehumidifying units to protect iron and steel cargoes from rust, the Superflex Heavy MPCs are multi-purpose, state-of-the-art vessels able to meet all of the transport and securing requirements of heavy lift cargo.

Each vessel is capable of 19.5 knots and is equipped with four cranes. The largest cranes are each rated at 320 tonnes and can be twinned for lifts of up to 640 tonnes. Other important features are:

  • Hatch opening up to 32 metres
  • Hold height maximum 15.77.metres
  • Adjustable tween decks for optimum space utilisation
  • Tonnage 30,000 DWT
  • Length overall 192.9 metres
  • Breadth 27.8 metres


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