Daewoo-Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI) at Mangalia on the Black Sea, the Romanian subsidiary of South Korea’s DSME Shipyard, has delivered the 8,600 teu container vessel CSAV TOCONAO to the London-based non-operating owner Zodiac Maritime.
The vessel is the first of four sister ships that Zodiac ordered in April 2011 for long-term charters to CSAV. It is also the first-ever compact wide beam ship of the increasingly popular 300m x 48m ‘class’ delivered by a yard of the Daewoo group. The ship was reportedly slated for delivery in March, but it appears that the entire series of vessels has been deferred by several months because of the lasting overcapacity situation in the global liner trade.
With a length overall of 299.99m and a beam of 48.20m (19 rows), the ship has a deadweight of 116,000 tons Powered by an MAN B&W main engine rated at 47,500 KW, the ship has a commercial speed of 21.9 knots.
The new vessel is named after the small Chilean town of Toconao, which is located in the Atacama desert some 200 kilometres east of Antofagasta.
CSAV TOCONAO is presently at anchor in the Marmara Sea and the ship’s service deployment has yet to be advised. The second unit of the series, CSAV TRAIGUEM, is scheduled to come on stream in August, but might be deferred further.