December 17 - Rickmers Linie - the Germany-headquartered provider of breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo transportation - has commissioned two 20,000 deadweight tonne newbuilds.

Each of the ships, to be built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China, will be equipped with two 450 tonne cranes enabling them to load up to 900 tonnes in a single lift. Each ship will also be equipped with an additional 120-tonne capacity crane.

The multi-purpose vessels' overall dimensions are 170.9 m x 25.2 m x 13.85 m - with an operating speed of 16.5 knots generated by a MAN B&W 6S46 main engine.

The new ships will be known in the Rickmers fleet as PX-900-type vessels and according to Ulrich Ulrichs, managing director and chief operating officer of Rickmers-Linie: "Significantly improved technical specifications will lead to a substantial reduction in fuel consumption. The optimised hull form and a high efficiency propeller and rudder will enable the new ships to achieve an operating speed of 16.5 knots while using considerably less power and being optimised for slower speeds operating down to 10 percent MCR."

The vessels will be delivered between January and March 2015.