The German ship financier Hansa Treuhand this week took delivery of the 6,588 teu vessel HS ROME, the second of four sister vessels this owner is to receive from China’s Rongsheng Shipyard at Nantong. The vessel is managed by Hansa Shipping of Hamburg. Originally ordered as a series of four identical sister vessels, the later two units, HS MADRID and HS LISBON, have been upgraded to 7,000 teu.
Altogether, Rongsheng is to build of up to ten container ships (inlcuding firm orders and options) for Hansa, Zodiac and Dynacom. The four Hansa Treuhand ships were ordered in June 2008, with deliveries planned between mid 2011 and early 2012. Following the global recession, the orders were renegotiated and the vessels were deferred by 15 to 20 months.
Rongsheng is a newcomer shipyard in the field of container ship building and so far it mainly delivered bulk carriers, including a number of 400,000 dwt ships. The yard however stated that it had already developed several containership designs with capacities of 4,250 teu and 5,100 teu, in addition to the 6,600 teu type.
HS ROME measures just under 300 metres in length and 40 metres, that is 16 rows of containers, in beam. The ship is fitted with electricity supply for 700 reefers.
Just like her earlier sister HS PARIS, the HS ROME has been chartered by MSC. The ship is soon to phase into the shipping line’s Asia-South Africa-Europe pendulum ( #1701), a loop that is run with a rather colorful fleet that includes ships in the size range from 4,800 to 11,660 teu.