Hamburg prosecutors raid Erck Rickmers office in ship scrapping investigation

The Hamburg public prosecutor’s office raided a number of shipowner offices yesterday including an Alster villa belonging to the Erck Rickmers Group as part of a long running investigation into the beaching of some ships in 2016 and 2017.

Erck Rickmers Group and other entities under suspicion strongly deny that they knew the three ships under investigation – the Florida 1, Alexandra Rickmers and ER Hamburg – were headed for a beach in Pakistan when they sold the ships.

According to European law, ships being sent for recycling are considered hazardous waste that must be properly disposed of at shipyards.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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