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Sunday, January 29th, 2012
10:28 am - E.R. Schiffahrt has double naming ceremony in Korea for the two first 13,100-TEU ships

E.R. Schiffahrt has double naming ceremony in Korea for the two first 13,100-TEU ships
Commemorative: the fleet's 100th and 101st ships, the "E.R. Benedetta" and the "E.R. Cristina"
Patriotic: flying the German flag Environmentally
friendly: freighters meet latest environmental standards
It was a special event, indeed. At the weekend, the Hamburg shipowner E.R. Schiffahrt christened its first two 13,100 standard container mega carriers in Ulsan, South Korea. At 366 metres long, 48.2 metres wide and 15.5 metres draught, they are among the largest container ships sailing the world's oceans today.

The "E.R. Benedetta" and the "E.R. Cristina" are the 100th and 101st ships put into operation by E.R. Schiffahrt, which was founded in 1998. The huge container ships will be commissioned on 29 November and 20 December 2011 and will fly the German flag. There will be two cadets in each of the ship's 20-person crews. "These will be the last ships that we will sail under the German flag for the time being. We are currently waiting to see if the German federal government will continue to contribute to the German Maritime Association," explained Albert Schumacher, CEO of E.R. Schiffahrt. In the past the government has helped ship management companies partially offset some of the competitive drawbacks they face in comparison to ships flying foreign flags via its contributions to the German Maritime Association, but this may cease to be the case.

The godmothers of the ships are members of the company's founder and owner Erck Rickmers's family. The double naming ceremony was celebrated together with business partners from the financial and shipping sectors. The ships were built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the largest shipyard in the world. Since 2002 E.R. Schiffahrt has ordered 79 ships, totalling more than five billion US dollars from the yard. Hyundai is working on six further 13,100-TEU (= twenty foot equivalent unit) sister ships for E.R. Schiffahrt, which are expected to be delivered by May 2012. Both freighters are on long-term charters to the second largest liner shipping company in the world, MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company Ltd., based in Geneva, Switzerland).

"This generation of large container ships is the new standard in Asia-Europe shipping. They are strategically very important to the success of leading liner shipping companies due to their efficiency," commented Rickmers.

Latest environmental standards
The new generation of large container ships emits around 30% less CO2 per container than an 8,500-TEU ship. Despite their much greater transport capacity, mega carriers use approximately the same amount of fuel as 8,500-TEU ships. This means liner shipping companies can save around 30% in fuel costs. At today's prices of around 600 US dollars per tonne, that adds up to savings of approximately 19 million US dollars per ship. All of E.R. Schiffahrt's 13,100-TEU ships can operate on low-sulphur fuel and have a Germanischer Lloyd Environmental Passport. They thus meet the latest technological and environmental standards and are intended to reduce emissions into both the atmosphere and water.

Further training
Due to the enormous size of the mega carriers, Masters of these vessels will be receiving further training. Via intensive training in a high-tech simulator they will learn how to carry out manoeuvres in various wind and weather conditions.
E.R. Schiffahrt will continue to place great importance on qualified personnel on board their ships; this year 23 new places were created for cadets.

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10:26 am - Komrowski and Erck Rickmers Group plan merger

Hamburg, Germany, 14 December 2011. Komrowski Holding and E.R. Capital Holding are planning to merge their shipping activities. The new company will be based in Hamburg and operate 162 ships with a capacity of around 9.4 million tonnes, which will make it Germany’s largest shipping company in terms of fleet capacity.

The ship management activities of E.R. Schiffahrt, Komrowski Befrachtungskontor and the Blue Star shipping company, which is also part of the Komrowski Group, are to be combined under the umbrella of a new company, Blue Star Holding. At the same time the established brand names and the heritage of the individual companies are to be retained.

“This alliance is the continuation of an old Hanseatic tradition: different companies pool their strengths in order to confront the challenges of a difficult market environment with a joint strategy,” explains Ernst Peter Komrowski, owner of the Komrowski Group.

New shipping group with up to 250 vessels planned
The concept behind the new group is designed to attract further shipping companies as shareholders and to increase the fleet to between 200 and 250 vessels. The merger brings commercial benefits by making use of synergies in key areas such as training, crewing, purchasing and controlling. The common goal is to create a shipping group with the required scale for long-term success in sales, marketing and financing.

“The new platform offers a long-term development perspective at a time of challenging shipping markets,” is how Nicholas Teller, CEO of E.R. Capital Holding, summarises the concept. “Today banks and charterers are looking for efficient structures and an internationally experienced management team. This is something the new company can provide, also to other shipping companies,” adds Teller.

“Blue Star is a historic name with a venerable heritage. Under this holding structure we intend to invite other shipping companies to join us. The shipping industry has to adjust to global challenges and find new, sustainable structures,” is how Teller justifies the merger decision.

Following the merger the joint fleet would consist of 120 container vessels, 25 bulk freighters, 13 offshore vessels and 4 multi-purpose units. The aim is to integrate all the ship management staff from both companies.

Shareholders of the Blue Star holding company that is to be established will be Komrowski Holding and E.R. Capital Holding, which will manage the unit. The merger is planned to go ahead in the first quarter of 2012 and is subject to a number of conditions, including the approval of the competition authorities and the Komrowski Group’s banks.

The companies involved cannot comment on further details at present, as negotiations are still ongoing.

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Saturday, August 11th, 2007
5:39 am - Germans box clever in containership business

One of the most notable success stories in the development of the containership market has been the role played by Erck Rickmers, chairman and chief executive officer of Nordcapital and of E.R Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie KG (both located in Hamburg) in the creation of new shipping and shipping-related ventures. He has continued a family tradition that stretches back five generations.

Nordcapital started its activities in 1992 and has since become one of the leading German KG ship financing institutions. In 2001 it became market leader, with approximately Euro205m equity raised. Erck Rickmers explains We do not use Nordcapital for raising finance for E.R. Schiffahrt alone; we have also realised projects with eight different German shipowners (involving some 48 ships), including Bernhardt Schulte and Klaus Oldendorff, though E.R. Schiffahrt has become the main partner of Nordcapital in building up our current fleet of 39 containerships.

In 1998 we decided there would be certain benefits for our investors if we developed shipping projects for ourselves. So we began putting this theory into practice by ordering newbuildings. Since the end of 1998 we will, by September 2002, have received a total of 15 post-panamax containerships from South Koreas Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).

An eye to expansion
Erck Rickmers is unlikely to rest on his laurels. Our strategy is to become one of the premier charter owners of containerships we want to expand on what we have already built up. We have established long-term business relationships with some of the largest liner companies in the world, including Maersk (Denmark), which has ten of our ships on long-term charter, OOCL (Hong Kong), which has six 5,700 teu vessels, and P&O Nedlloyd (three 5,700 teu). All our ships are on long-term time-charters; we have a shore staff of 47 here in Hamburg to operate the fleet.

As a containership owner, with no diversification into other shipping markets, Rickmers is well-placed to forecast what future developments lie in the boxship trade. We feel that the percentage of chartered ships in the large carrier fleets will increase, and we want to benefit from this. So we try to identify the carriers needs and then agree the charter before ordering the ship.

This increase in chartered-in tonnage is because sea transportation is only a relatively small part of the logistic chain (door-to-door) the charterer offers to its customers. It is capital-intensive and can be easily out-sourced, in co-operation with quality partners such as ourselves. Many liner operators are now looking carefully as to where to invest, often not in capital-intensive sea transportation but in other areas of the logistic chain.

I believe that container transportation is a growth market. We will have growth rates in the range of 68% per annum over the next ten years. I also feel there will be a demand for even bigger ships than we see today. I see the largest design as a single-propeller, suezmax vessel, with a speed of around 26 knots, of around the 12,000 teu mark. Larger, twin-engined ships would not be economical. Faster ships would be a possibility on short-haul dedicated routes, but this will not be a major market.

Another development in the future may be that, while the market is growing, the carriers are looking for more direct calls. The problem with large ships is that they can only be economic if they spend a large proportion of the voyage at sea and avoid unproductive in-harbour periods. Carriers are now concerned about the costs involved in trans-shipments, so many are taking one step back and thinking more of panamax-sized (between 45,000 teu) ships, and direct calls. So, though the larger ships have been increasing in number, there is likely to be a future increase in the smaller (panamax) ships involving less trans-shipments and shorter transit periods.

Over-capacity a problem
Rickmers believes that there are too many shipyards in the world, with even more coming on stream in China. Cheaper ships, caused by over-capacity, can cause problems to residual values of existing fleets. However, if there is a demand for certain ship types, these can be built quickly, so there is unlikely to be a repeat of past fleet scarcity.

Hitherto, most of E.R. Schiffahrts fleet of containerships have been classed with Germanische Lloyd (GL), however the latest four post-panamax ships from Samsung, all of which are on charter to NOL/ APL, are classed with DNV. Rickmers explains DNV is the one of the largest and most reputable Classification Societies in the world, and although we have previously utilised GL on an exclusive basis, we believed it was important to establish a relationship with DNV as an alternative Society.

The Rickmers family has been in the shipping industry for a long time. There are now two different sides of the family. Erck Rickmers brother, Bertram Rickmers, operates Rickmers Reederei and Rickmers Linie, Erck Rickmers has built up Nordcapital and E.R. Schiffahrt. There is a glint in his eye when he talks about the growth of his two companies The highlight is definitely the series of 15 post-panamax ships. When I was a boy in Bremerhaven, where I grew up, my family owned Rickmers Werft. My father was in charge of the yard, and I spent much of my holiday time there. I thought the 580 teu ships being built then were truly impressive, and even ten years ago I never believed I would be involved in the building of 5,700 teu ships, and to have 15 such ships in our fleet. This is a great achievement and something we want to build on in the future

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5:31 am - With platform supply vessels (PSVs) Nordcapital has opened up a new field of business.

....Group is moving into the offshore market / Three out of eleven Platform Supply Vessels handed over to OSM / Eight newbuildings by March 2009

Hamburg, 2 April 2007. Following handover of the first three out of eleven Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs), Willem Dekker and Øivind Stærk have now been appointed Managing Directors of OSM Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie. KG with effect from 1 April 2007. OSM Schiffahrt was created by the Hamburg-based Nordcapital Group and the Norwegian ship manager OSM as a 50:50 joint venture in November 2006. Willem Dekker comes from the Management Board of E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie. KG, a member of the Nordcapital Group, and Øivind Stærk was previously a Director and Member of the Management Team at OSM Norway.

OSM Schiffahrt, with its head office in Hamburg, is the basis for developing the offshore market as a new business unit of the Nordcapital Group. That involves acquisition of eleven PSVs for drilling rigs and other offshore facilities. The PSVs are equipped with highly specialised engineering features, and represent capital expenditure of about 300 million US dollars. "OSM Schiffahrt has a highly competent management team with Willem Dekker and Øivind Stærk," says Erck Rickmers, Managing Partner of Nordcapital. "Their experience at E.R. Schiffahrt and OSM complement one another ideally."

At the end of last year the Nordcapital Group purchased three PSVs in new condition, and these are already in operation. The first of them was handed over to the company on 26 January 2007, and has since then been operating under the name "E.R. Kristiansand". The second vessel was integrated in the fleet on 19 February, and is operating under the name "E.R. Arendal". The third in this series is the "E.R. Bergen" which was accepted on 22 February. The three ships previously managed by the Hamburg company Harms Bergung are now managed by OSM Schiffahrt.

The first of the newbuildings ordered by Nordcapital, the "E.R. Oslo", is to be delivered in October this year. Another seven units are scheduled for delivery at regular intervals up to March 2009. These PSVs will likewise bear the names of Norwegian cities, underscoring the partnership with OSM. The PSVs, type UT 755 LN, were designed by Rolls-Royce and are being built at the Aker Yard in Norway.

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
10:47 pm - ECDIS onboard training course² has received DNV Sea Skill approval

... прцесс пошел вслед за Секюрити сертификатом мона получить на борту и ЭКНИС сертификат... надеюсь вскоре барыжная бюрократия тренажерных центров вкупе с Аттестациоными центрами портов будет прикончена... жаль что не в России...

Seagull °ECDIS onboard training course² has received DNV Sea Skill approval.
(2 January, 2007)

ECDIS training requirement can be found in STCW-95 (regulations I/14 Para 1.4 and table A-II/1.) and this course is based on the IMO model course 1.27 and the amendments to NMD requirements dated 09.05.03 number 687. Most flag states require ECDIS training - including the Panama Maritime Administration, who define their requirements in reference Circular No, DGGM-006-05 (Amendments).

For those customers who already have CBT modules # 26, 59 and 64, the required procedures and workbook can be downloaded from our web site: http://www.seagull.no/seagullweb/products/oc/index.aspx - or it may be found on CD#C1 version 1.12.
The course includes; an introduction to ECDIS, chart accuracy, route planning and evaluation, plus the practical use of ECDIS. The included practical exercises are designed to improve the working knowledge of onboard ECDIS system components, such as the alarm & warnings, steering system and system limitations and functionality. The exercises are generic and equally relevant for different EDCIS manufacturers and models.
After submission of the completed course work, an ECDIS ‘Certificate of Competence’ will be issued to successful participants. To receive this certificate, the CBT training report, answers to the practical questions and completed practical exercise documentation must be submitted to Seagull for evaluation and certification. Reference: Procedures for ECDIS onboard training course.

For more information, please visit our web site:

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Sunday, May 21st, 2006
12:07 am - Trade and transformation

World trade works differently from the way it did just a few years ago. Globalisation and the emergence of China as a significant player in the international economy have made it necessary to set up globally networked logistic systems and have increased the demand for cost-effective transportation. Container shipping has played a key role in this scenario, with correspondingly high growth rates. At the same time, shipping funds have established a firm position in the portfolios of private investors as a high-yield, earnings-oriented form of investment. They combine the advantages of investing in high-value properties with the possibility of joining experienced partners in a lucrative international growth market.
So far Nordcapital had financed 94 container ships with a total capacity of some 320,000 TEU and an investment volume of about €4.1 billion. That means Nordcapital investors own about 8% of the world's chartered container ship tonnage. read more...

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12:03 am - Container transport high growth rates

The introduction of the container has revolutionised transportation in the past thirty years. Previously, merchandise specific packaging was used for transport, such as sacks, crates, drums, pallets, etc., whereas today there are hardly any general goods which are not carried in unitized containers. Standardisation has made it possible to establish a worldwide logistics system, giving major productivity progress in the carriage of general cargo.
Handling volumes at container ports increased nearly tenfold between 1980 and 2004, to about 340 million TEU. On average, the volume of container transport has doubled every seven to eight years, and it continues to expand today. 2004 is the third year in succession with growth of about 12 %. Double-digit growth is expected for 2005 again.The charter market for container ships
98 % of intercontinental goods transport is carried by sea today. For the past 20 years, the segment with the largest growth rate has been container transport. This enormous increase in container shipping is partly because of the greater volume of trade, and partly because containers can be used for more and more categories of goods.
These increasing transport volumes, and also more efficient logistics concepts, have cut transport cost, making it worthwhile to transport even low-price and semi-finished products. Container transportation of a bottle of wine from South America costs about ten cents, and no longer has an influence on the price for the end consumer. This development has promoted international division of labour in production. For example, the leather for a car seat comes from South America, the seat itself is manufactured in Asia, and it is fitted in the car in Germany. The increasing number of reefer container connection points is moving additional tonnage from dedicated reefers onto container ships. read more...

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Sunday, May 14th, 2006
8:33 pm - The "E.R. Tianping" is a super-post-panamax newbuilding with a container capacity of 8,204 teu.

Ship naming in Korea – "E.R. Tianping" operating for E.R. Schiffahrt
Operating fleet grows to 62 ships (273,000 teu) / A further 16 units are planned with a container capacity of 77,000 teu by 2008
Hamburg, 9 May 2006. The official naming ceremony was held for another container ship for E.R. Schiffahrt at the Hyundai shipyard in Samho, South Korea, today (Tuesday). The "E.R. Tianping" is a super-post-panamax newbuilding with a container capacity of 8,204 teu. This is the planned continuation of the newbuilding programme of the shipping line, which is part of the Nordcapital Group, Hamburg. After entry into service of the new vessel, E.R. Schiffahrt will have a total of 62 container ships with a capacity of about 273,000 teu in operation. By 2008, there will be a further 16 vessels with a total of 77,000 teu, all of them built at Hyundai in South Korea.
The name "E.R. Tianping" was given by Y.S. Ahn, wife of D.Y. Han, Vice President Sales at Hyundai Heavy Industries. The new ship will operate under the charter name "COSCO Napoli" in the so called "Northchina Express Service" (NCX) for the Chinese shipping line COSCO. This "NEX Service" links Asia with Northern Europe.

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Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
3:25 pm - Рынок труда Германии: поиск возможностей

«Мы подсчитали, что до 2008 г. мы наймем около 400 офицеров и капитанов,» - сказала спикер от ER Schiffahrt.... Судовладельческая компания, которая является отделением Nordcapital group Эрика Рикмера (Erck Rickmer), увеличит свой флот на 22 новых контейнеровоза к 2008 г. В прошлом году ER Schiffahrt увеличила свой морской персонал на 358 новых сотрудника, и теперь он насчитывает 1786 человек. Береговой персонал компании составляет 85 человек, а на борту каждого из принадлежащих ей 56 контейнеровозов работает не менее одного курсанта или практиканта далее...

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Monday, April 17th, 2006
2:03 pm - Seagull's ECDIS Onboard Course Package

Seagull annonced national requirements for Electronic Chart Display Systems (ECDIS) training... Seagull's ECDIS Onboard Course Package provides knowledge, theoretical and practical skills to navigators who use Electronic Navigation Chart systems (ENC) or the Electronic Chart Display Systems (ECDIS). The onboard course package includes: (CBT #26) Voyage Planning; (CBT #59) Satellite navigation GPS; (CBT #64) ECDIS and a workbook of questions and practical exercises.


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1:50 pm - New mandatory traffic separation scheme ...

Обстоятельное объяснение bv по поводу обустройства New mandatory traffic separation scheme off the coast of Norway...

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Friday, April 14th, 2006
3:02 pm - ...."E.R. TRIESTE" delivered...

... Nine 8,204 TEU ships have been ordered for delivery between January 2006 and March 2007. They are being built under the supervision of E.R. Schiffahrt by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Ltd. (HSHI), one of the leading quality shipyards in South Korea. These Post-Panamax vessels are driven by one of the biggest main engines in the world, the MAN B&W 12 K98 MC. This diesel engine develops almost 70,000 kW, enabling the ships to achieve service speeds in excess of 25 knots. With a broad enough beam for 17 containers to be stowed side by side, the vessels are designed for the wharves of the world’s biggest ports.
All nine ships will be deployed on long-term charters with leading liner companies: three with Cosco Container Lines and six with the French line CMA CGM.

Technical Data:
Length over all: 335.0 m
Breadth: 42.8 m
Draught Scantling: 14.5 m
Deadweight: 100,800 ts
Speed: 25.3 kn
Main Engine: Hyundai B&W 12K 98 MC 69,620 kW/94 RPM
Fuel Oil Consumption: 270.8 ts/day
Container Capacity on Deck: 4,369 TEU in Hold: 3,835 TEU Total: 8,204 TEU Stability (14 ts hom.): 6,180 TEU
Reefer Capacity Total: 700 Plugs
Cruising Range: 27,500 NM

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
2:52 pm - The Largest Container Carrier...

COSCO Guangzhou, the largest container ship measuring 351 m long and with a gross tonnage of 109,149 tonnes it can carry 9,449 TEUs (that's Twentyfoot Equivalent Unit. This is the standard measure of a containership's capacity based on containers each 20ft long. Obviously a 40ft box is 2 TEUs etc.). It's also 42.8 m wide and will operate on the Asia - Europe service.

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Monday, April 10th, 2006
2:37 pm - 5 тысячник горит...

...пожарчик у dv78... хорошо горит, надо сказать...


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