Deeply saddened, we bid farewell to our company founder Bertram R.C. Rickmers.
Still stunned that Mr. Rickmers was taken from life so suddenly, we remember a restless entrepreneur, passionate Hanseatic, caring family father and committed citizen of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
We are receiving telegrams of grief from all over the world these days. So many people remember a man who loved the sea and lived a life for shipping. Already in his fifth generation, Bertram Rickmers repeatedly demonstrated entrepreneurial courage and did not allow himself to be blown off course in storms.
At this time, our thoughts are above all with Bertram Rickmer’s family, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. Bertram Rickmers had already handed over the business to his son Clasen Rickmers in 2022. The ASSC will therefore remain reliably in family hands.
The crew of the ASSC
Rickmer Clasen Rickmers became Managing Partner of the Asian Spirit Steamship Company in 2017.
Before that, he worked in several positions throughout the shipping industry. Stationed in Singapore for almost seven years, Clasen Rickmers worked as a business development manager of Rickmers Shipmanagement Pte Ltd. for third party acquisitions and customer relations as well as a broker for Navis Chartering Pte Ltd. for chartering, S&P and new-building contracting.
Clasen Rickmers has done a management trainee program with Bengal Tiger Line Ltd. in Singapore, he has worked in various locations in Southeast Asia and India and he has obtained a diploma of international shipping in Singapore.
After training as a banker at Hamburgische Landesbank, Frank Bünte completed a part-time course of study at the Savings Bank Business Academy in 1994.
Before joining the management of the Rickmers Group in 2011 as Chief Treasurer, he held various positions in the Bank’s lending division, where he most recently headed the Domestic Shipping Market. Since May 2014 he was also responsible for the Group Corporate Finance division of the Rickmers Group, which combines the Treasury & Risk and Capital Markets departments.
Frank Bünte joined the Management of BRICK Group in 2019 and became Managing Director of BRICK HOLDING and The Asian Spirit Steamship Company in 2022.