Ethiopian Shipping Lines (ESL) have taken delivery of the multipurpose vessel HARAR. The ship is the fourth in a series of 28,000 dwt ships which the carrier had ordered at the Chinese Shandong Huanghai Shipyard in January 2011.
The vessel follows her earlier sisters FINFINE, ASSOSA and GAMBELLA into ESL’s Asia to Red Sea Breakbulk service.
With a length of 166.50m and a beam of 27.40m, the HARAR can carry a theoretical maximum of 1,735 teu. The non-cellular ship is however not primarily designed to carry containers, but rather a diverse mix of general cargo and breakbulk.
The HARAR is named after the Ethiopian city of the same name. Harar, often titled “the city of saints” is located in the country’s east and it is the capital of the semi-autonomous Harari region. The city’s history goes back to the seventh century and its fortified centre is a Unesco World Heritage site.