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DRY SHIPPING

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HGK Liquid

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Dry Shipping

Your complete transport partner for push boat and dry shipping

Within its dry shipping division, HGK Dry Shipping mainly transports bulk and break bulk consignments such as solid fuels, building materials, cereals, animal feed and fertilisers, but also heavy items and waste disposal products using approx. 250 company and chartered vessels. The division transports about 34 million tonnes of goods every year through using individual concepts.

Our shipping routes cover the complete river Rhine area including all its tributaries (Mosel, Main/Main-Danube Canal, Danube, Neckar) as well as the entire North-West German canal network with its rivers. We also operate on the waterways in the Benelux countries, northern France and Poland.  

As far as coastal shipping is concerned, our subsidiary, Amadeus Schiffahrts- und Speditions GmbH, serves our customers on all the short-sea routes in Europe. Amadeus has specialised in the niche market of river-sea shipping during the last 20 years. The company uses four of its own and five chartered units that are suitable for river and sea traffic with a DTW of between 2,400 and 3,100 t for its short-sea business. Amadeus also arranges logistics solutions for part and full charter loads up to Supramax consignments (65,000 MT) as a broker. 

Customer portfolio

  • Steel and metal industry
  • Chemical industry
  • Agriculture industry
  • Commerce
  • Construction industry

We transport on your behalf:

  • steel and metal products
  • chemical products
  • coal + ore
  • fertilisers
  • cereals
  • animal feed
  • heavy cargo / project loads
  • scrap metal
  • timber products
  • building materials
  • waste materials in line with Sections 53/54 of the Recycling Management Act

We offer the following:

  • planning and organising your transport task
  • handling goods, warehousing as well as the pick-up and final delivery runs
  • offshore logistics
  • agency and freight forwarding services
  • customs clearance or fiscal representation
  • transhipment logistics at our customers’ ports and at our own facilities
  • handling complex transport chains involving different means of transport

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wolfgang Nowak
Managing Director Amadeus Schiffahrts- und Speditions GmbH

Wolfgang Nowak

Your specialist for transporting compressed liquefied gases

HGK Gas Shipping specialises in transporting compressed liquefied gases. 19 inland waterway vessels in all, including the four largest gas tankers operating on the river Rhine, provide transport services for our customers. More than 50 years of experience, top reliability and sophisticated safety management make HGK Gas Shipping a valued partner for the chemical industry. The most important products for transportation are butane, LPG, propylene or propane.

What distinguishes our services

  • High degrees of reliability and a sophisticated safety management system
  • More than 50 years of experience in transporting special products for international projects
  • Highly-qualified personnel on board and on land

We offer

  • tailor-made, customised solutions for your needs
  • design and engineering work for innovative and sustainable inland waterway vessels
  • minimisation of the CO2 footprint for your transport operations

Our fleet

  • 15 company gas tankers
  • 4 vessels (operational)
  • 1 vessel being built*
  • 2 vessels being planned

We transport

  • propane
  • propylene:
    • Polymere grade
    • Chemical grade
    • Refinery grade
  • crude C4
  • raffinates I&II
  • iso- and n-butane
  • butadiene
  • 1-butene
  • isobutylene
  • ammonia
  • VCM
  • propylen oxide

SUSTAINABLE AND INNOVATIVE

Transport solutions by gas tanker

The “Gas 94” is currently the most modern, new inland waterway vessel with a sustainable hybrid drive system. This gas tanker, which has been optimised to operate in shallow waters, will go into service in September 2021.

INNOVATIVE AND EFFICIENT

Ineos Mega Barges

Three of the largest gas tankers of their kind have been operating on the river Rhine for Ineos since May 2020. The fourth new vessel went into service in April 2021.

HGK Shipping advised and supported Ineos in terms of the design of the vessels. HGK Shipping was responsible for the complete construction supervision work and monitoring the delivery of the vessels and is operating them for Ineos on a long-term basis.

Your contact partner for your individual transport solution:

Liquid Chemicals Shipping

HGK Liquid Chemicals Shipping – using experience to reach our destination

Transporting liquid chemical products with or without any hazardous goods classification on about 60 company and chartered double-hull tankers has been the major focus at HGK Liquid Chemicals Shipping for many years. We are a long-standing partner of the chemical industry, providing reliable supplies and disposal for cargo such as acids, alkalis and many other liquid products. We transport about 6 million tonnes on the river Rhine and its tributaries as well as the North-West German canal region, to and from the chemical centres in the ARA region, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

HGK Liquid Chemicals Shipping has been operating since 1922 and therefore has decades of contract-based customer relations and they are centrally managed from the Dutch town of Druten within the HGK Shipping Group. We transport sensitive liquid products using about 30 special ships that are unique in Europe; we provide some exclusive supply and disposal solutions for our customers and have the necessary quality systems to transport the goods in a reliable and safe manner.

In addition to our existing optimised cargo space for navigation routes and lot sizes, we are currently developing our fleet in the form of new vessels with innovative drive systems and payload capacity that is optimised for shallow-water levels.

Quality criteria

  • We offer tailor-made transport solutions for inland waterway shipments in line with customers’ wishes
  • We guarantee the highest safety standards in terms of technology, navigation and personnel
  • We have certification according to ISO, EBIS, TMSA, TFS and Green Award
  • We were voted the best Dutch shipping company by the Dutch Shippers’ Organisation in 2016

Product portfolio

  • Inorganic heavy chemicals (various acids and alkalis)
  • Calcium carbonate (slurry)
  • Basic and special chemicals
  • Industrial alcohols
  • Petrochemicals
  • Various liquid products without any hazardous goods classification

Customer portfolio

  • Chemical industry
  • Paper industry
  • Metallurgical industry
  • Commerce

Fleet structure

  • 60 double-hull tankers
  • Ships with a payload capacity ranging from 500 to 3,000 tonnes
  • Some of the fleet vessels are unique vessels in Europe with special equipment and distinct dimensions
  • Many of the fleet vessels have stainless steel tanks

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HGK Liquid Chemicals Shipping

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Ship Management

HGK Ship Management – the full-service provider for ship projects, management and equipping shipping units

HGK Ship Management organises the crewing operations, provides the technical support and monitors the vessels, handles the project management for new construction and conversion projects and the strategic purchasing and offers a well-developed quality, environmental, health and safety management in line with the highest standards for all the operational departments at HGK Shipping. As the owner and equipper of inland waterway vessels according to recognised jurisdiction, the business unit handles transport operations. Thanks to our decades of experience, we offer our customers tailor-made project solutions both for shipping dry goods and tanker operations. HGK Shipping is also able to develop and implement tailor-made ship designs and engineering using its own expertise at the Design Center, which is an integral part of the organisation. HGK Shipping also offers its complete portfolio of services as a service provider in the market-place in order to, for example, look after the new construction work for customers or even owner/operators.

Initial and further training opportunities are available for our nautical personnel and outside organisations at the company’s own training centre.

Crewing

  • HR management
  • Support for personnel
  • Personnel scheduling
  • Encouraging potential top performers
  • Initial and further training

Fleet management

(Operational/technical
management & QEHS)

  • Maintenance management, including planned maintenance management
  • Supporting and performing dry dock operations and regular inspections
  • Supporting the transhipment of consignments
  • Budget planning and budget management (CAPEX & OPEX)
  • Project management (supporting tender procedures, new construction and conversion projects, inserting new engines)
  • QEHS management (ISO certification, health and safety at work, energy management, GMP, TMSA)

Design Center

  • Drawing up specification profiles
  • Advice
  • Design and concept development
  • Stability calculations
  • Performance calculations
  • Modelling and testing concepts

Training center

  • Licence courses & radar tests
  • ADN refresher courses, ADN basics, ADN-C and ADN-G courses
  • Preparation for exams
  • Simulator training sessions
  • First aid courses
  • Safety seminars
  • Individually developed training courses

References for Ship Management

INEOS MEGA BARGES

The largest gas tankers on Europe’s inland waterways

GAS 94

A gas tanker optimised for shallow-water operations with an alternative drive system

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AMADEUS TITANIUM

The liquid coaster, “Amadeus Titanium” has been reinforcing the short-sea fleet at HGK Shipping’s subsidiary, Amadeus Schiffahrts- und Spedition GmbH, since October 2020; the latter has therefore deliberately been able to expand its portfolio of services. The “Amadeus Titanium” was converted into a tanker to specially meet the customer’s needs by HGK Ship Management and our partners. The coastal vessel is exclusively providing short-sea traffic services for our customer, Covestro, in line with an agreement lasting several years.

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