MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping, the Hamburg-based multipurpose and breakbulk specialist best known for its liner service between Northern Europe and South Africa, this week received the 37,000 dwt mpp ship BLUE MASTER II. The vessel is currenly positioning on an off-schedule trip to join phase into this service in early July.
The BLUE MASTER II is part of a series of six vessels that MACS already ordered back in 2007 and 2008 for a reported price od USD 42 million per unit. The original orders were placed at Jiangsu Shenghua shipyard, which later ran into difficulties. Following several delays and complications, it was finally decided to complete the ships at Qingshan Shipyard of Wuhu. So far, it is not exactly clear whether all six orders are still alive or whether some of the later ships have been canceled.
The 199.95m BLUE MASTER II is fully geared and offers capacity for up to 2,000 teu. On the MACS’s Europe to South Africa run, the ships however usually carry a broad mix of containers and other cargoes. The BLUE MASTER II is to be followed by her sister vessel GOLDEN KAROO in a couple of weeks.