The Norwegian non-operating ship owner Klaveness Maritime has taken delivery of the 2,504 teu vessel BALAO, the first of four mid-sized container ships ordered in September 2010 at the Chinese Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding. The yard is a prolific builder of standard ships of this type and has built no fewer than 28 units since 2006 – with small variations and different types of main engine.
The BALAO has been chartered by the German container line Hapag-Lloyd for a reported period of one year and the ship will join the Far East to West Africa service ‘WSX’, jointly offered by NYK (who call the service ‘SWAX’), CSCL and Hapag-Lloyd.
Klaveness is to receive three further ships of the type in June and August: BALLENTIA and BALSA. The delivery of a fourth ship, BALEARES, has reportedly been deferred to late 2014.
The BALAO could be named after the Balao-fish, found in the Atlantic Ocean or the town of Balao in Ecuador’s Guayas Province.