The vessels, which have a capacity of 54,000 dwt each, have been charted back to Hamburg Süd for three years, the companies said in a statement.
Apollo and Rickmers formed a joint venture in September last year, aiming to invest $500m in container ships over a period of several years.
Apollo has recently closed its latest flagship fund on $17.5bn, making it the biggest vehicle raised since the financial crisis.
Fund VIII will focus on distressed investments, corporate carve-outs and opportunistic buyouts. Apollo’s previous fund has generated an annual gross IRR of 38 per cent.
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