Swire Group’s multipurpose liner shipping arm, the China Navigation Company, has taken delivery of the 31,000 t dwt multipurpose vessel SHAOSHING this week. The box-friendly 199m vessel is the third in a series of eight identical ships that China Navigation is to receive from Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding of Zhoushan, China. It follows the SHANTUNG, delivered in April.
The vessels have a nominal container intake of 2,082 teu and provide electricity for up to 147 reefers. They are however not predominantly built to trade as pure container carriers, but have been designed as true multipurpose ships which carry a mix of containers, breakbulk, project and general cargoes.
Fully geared with four 60-ton cranes, which can be paired to lift loads of up to 120 tons, the ships even provide a degree of heavy-lift capability which adds to their flexibility. Powered by a MAN B&W 6 S60ME-C engine, the ships are designed to trade at a speed to 15.5 knots.
The SHAOSHING is to phase into the Northeast Asia to Australia and New Zealand service jointly offered by the Swire Group companies China Navigation and Tasman Orient Line. She will take the place of the 1995-built KWANGSI which recently phased-out to join Tasman Orient Line’s Australia to New Guinea Service.