Hamburg, 29.07.2016 – On August 1, 2016, the “Rickmer Rickmers”, a museum ship in Hamburg, will arrive at Blohm+Voss to be overhauled. Supported by two tugs, the ship will be hauled at about 14:30 h from its berth at Fiete-Schmidt quay at Landungsbrücken to the other side of the river Elbe. Immediately after arriving, the “Rickmer Rickmers” will be prepared for docking and the steel masts will be dismantled to be inspected in detail and repaired by Blohm+Voss during the docking period.
One week after having arrived, on August 8, the “Rickmer Rickmers” will be docked and the work on the hull can be started. At first, the thickness of the ship’s skin will be measured by Blohm+Voss experts. New plates will be installed at areas with a thickness of less than three millimetres. Upon completion, the paintwork of the hull of the sailing ship will be renewed – in the well-known “Rickmer Rickmers” green. In addition, the catering area of the three-masted ship will be modernized.
Fred van Beers, Chief Executive Officer of Blohm+Voss, is looking forward: »As a Hamburg-based company we are of course very proud to modernize the “Rickmer Rickmers”, a landmark of the port of Hamburg. Here at our yard, she is absolutely in the right place as we attach great importance to successfully complete each project with the highest quality and at the shortest time possible. A museum ship like the “Rickmer Rickmers” cannot afford long breaks, especially during summer.«
Upon completion of the modernization at Blohm+Voss on September 2, the “Rickmer Rickmers” will be hauled to her regular berth at Landungsbrücken.