Erck Rickmers (German politician)

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Erck Rickmers
Rickmers in 2016
Hamburg Parliament
Preceded byCarola Veit
Succeeded by Dirk Fischer
Personal details
Born (1964-04-29) 29 April 1964 (age 54)
Bremerhaven, Germany
Political partySocial Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
Spouse(s)Cristina Sartori
EducationUniversity of California
Occupationbusinessman, politician

Erck Rickmers (born 29 April 1964 in Bremerhaven) is a German businessman and politician of SPD (Social Democratic Party). He was a MP from 2011 to 2012.[1][2][3]

Early life & education[edit]

Erck Rickmers was born and grew up in Bremerhaven. He comes from the Rickmers family of entrepreneurs in Bremerhaven, whose founder, Rickmer Clasen Rickmers, founded the Rickmers shipyard in Bremerhaven in 1834. He did his schooling from Stiftung Louisenlund in Schleswig-Holstein. After receiving his Abitur certificate and completing his military service with the German Air Force, he qualified as a shipping merchant following an apprenticeship with the Hamburg shipping company Ernst Russ. Among other positions, Rickmers subsequently worked as a ship broker at Harper Petersen & Co. in London. Rickmers attended a graduate program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, completing an M.A. degree in Religious Studies from 2015 to 2017.[4][5]


Rickmers is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). At the 2011 Hamburg state election, he became a member of the Hamburg Parliament.[6] As a member of the Hamburg Parliament, Rickmers chaired the committee on economics, innovation, and media and was a member of both the budget committee and the committee on public enterprises. Later in 2013 he quit the politics.[7]

Business career[edit]

In 1992 Rickmers co-founded the Hamburg-based investment company Nordcapital and became its sole shareholder in 1996. In 1998 he established the shipping company E.R. Schiffahrt.[8][9] In 2008 Rickmers merged his assets under the umbrella of E.R. Capital Holding. Rickmers selected as a Chairman of the Group in 2010.[10][11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Rickmers is based in Hamburg, Germany. He is married with Cristina Sartori and father of five daughters.[13][14]


In 2016 Rickmers established the International Foundation for the Humanities and Social Change. The foundation supports research centers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, as well as the University of Cambridge and the Humboldt University of Berlin.[15][16][17][18][19][20]


  • Erik Lindner: 175 Jahre Rickmers. Hoffmann und Campe 2009, ISBN 978-3455501117, S. 241-280.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Erck Rickmers GmbH & Cie. KG: Private Company Information - Bloomberg".
  2. ^ Hansa: wöchentlich erscheinendes Zentralorgan für Schiffahrt, Schiffbau, Hafen (in German).
  3. ^ Fairplay. Fairplay Publications Limited.
  4. ^ "Hamburger Reeder Erck Rickmers:Wir hatten nicht mehr viel außer unserem Namen".
  5. ^ Containerisation International.
  6. ^ "Erck Rickmers leaving Hamburg parliament". American Shipper.
  7. ^ "Schifffahrtskrise: So schlecht geht es der Reederei Rickmers wirklich - WELT". DIE WELT.
  8. ^ Fink, Olaf Preuß und Hans-Juergen. "Erck Rickmers mischt die Schifffahrt auf". (in German).
  9. ^ "Top 100 - 74. Erck Rickmers, ER Schiffhart - Lloyd's List".
  10. ^ "Finance - Ratings agency downgrades struggling Rickmers Holding - Lloyd's List".
  11. ^ "Germany: Two Companies from Erck Rickmers Group Join United Nations Global Compact". World Maritime News.
  12. ^ Lloyd's Shipping Economist. Lloyd's of London Press.
  13. ^ ""Ich habe etwas Rebellisches in mir": Vojta fragt nach - WELT". DIE WELT.
  14. ^ "The Women Who Run Montecito". issuu: 43.
  15. ^ "E.R. Capital Holding: Erck Rickmers verabschiedet sich aus dem operativen Geschäft |". (in German).
  16. ^ "Schulden-Krise! Multi-Millionär (64) will 75 Prozent seines Unternehmens abgeben, 28 Millionen zahlen - Reeder Bertram Rickmers droht der Schiffbruch". (in German).
  17. ^ "MINUTES 131 st MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES UC SANTA BARBARA FOUNDATION Saturday, February 25, 2017 Corwin Pavilion" (PDF).
  18. ^ "Chancellor's Council Storke Associates" (PDF).
  19. ^ "Erck Rickmers".
  20. ^ "CRASSH - International Centre for the Humanities and Social Change".
Preceded by
Carola Veit
Member of Hamburg Parliament
Succeeded by
Dirk Fischer