The 1992-built container ship MSC SCOTLAND today completed her final voyage to the breakers at Alang, India. The 3,005 teu vessel has thus become the first in a series of ten German-built sisters to end her lifecycle after more than 20 years of trading. The ships were ordered by the Russian company Sovcomflot in 1989 and they were built by Bremer Vulkan of Bremen and by HDW of Kiel, with each yard being responsible for five vessels. Upon delivery, the ships were immediately chartered out to DSR Senator Lines and Cho-Yang for deployment to a joint round-the world service.
The 237 metre long ships have a panamax beam and a service speed of 21 knots. They are powered by an MAN B&W 7L80MC main engine with a power output of 21.700 KW. Over the years, the vessels earned a reputation as reliable and economic workhorses. Originally deployed on mainline services, the ships were quickly relegated into secondary trades as larger and larger newbuildings phased into the world’s trunk routes.
Originally owned by Sovcomflot, the vessels were sold on on later years. While two units were bought by companies within the Ofer Group, most of the ships were successively acquired by MSC, which used the ships on various services all around the globe, including small mainline loops and high-volume feeders. The MSC SCOTLAND meanwhile was owned by Goldenport of Greece, who chartered the ship to MSC until recently.