Navios Containers Wraps Up Rickmers Fleet Acquisition

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  • As NSRI Evacuates Crewman after Fall aboard Bulker

The Marshall Islands-based shipping company Navios Maritime Containers has closed the acquisition of the remaining four containerships previously owned by Rickmers Maritime, completing the takeover of the entire 14-vessel fleet.

As informed, Navios Containers acquired the 14 boxships for a total purchase price of USD 118 million plus certain delivery and other operating costs.

The fleet was partially financed through two loan facilities of USD 61 million in aggregate, including a previously announced USD 40 million facility and a recently completed USD 21 million facility.

In May, Greek shipowner Navios Maritime Partners decided to transfer the fleet acquired from Rickmers Maritime to its affiliate Navios Containers. The purchase of the ships came in the aftermath of the decision of Rickmers Trust Management, the trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, to wind up its business.

The vessels in question are MOL Devotion, MOL Destiny, MOL Dominance, MOL Delight, MOL Dedication, Navios Amaranth, Navios Indigo, Navios Vermillion, Navios Verde, Navios Amarillo, Navios Azure, Navios Spring, Navios Summer and Navios Verano.

Following this acquisition, Navios Containers controls a fleet of 14 vessels totaling 57,100 TEU. The current average age of the fleet is 9.7 years.

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old crewman has been evacuated after he fell on board the cargo ship New Taizhou which was anchored some nine nautical miles off St Helena Bay, South Africa.

The incident occurred on August 3, according to a report issued by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).

The crew member, a Chinese national, had suffered back pain and lacerations in the fall.

Morne Dettmer, NSRI Mykonos Deputy Station Commander, said that NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated in the morning hours of August 4 by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for medical assistance from the 175,885 dwt bulk carrier.

“We were informed that the back pain had been relieved following medical assistance by the ships medical crew but arrangements had been made for the crewman to be seen to by a doctor on shore,” Dettmer explained.

The sea rescue craft was towed to St Helena Bay and launched. Upon its arrival, the injured crewman was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought to shore.

Later that day, the injured seamen was transported back to the ship following a medical treatment.

As of August 7, the 2010-built cargo ship, operated by ZOSCO, is still anchored in the area, New Taizhou’s AIS data shows.

World Maritime News