Zodiac Maritime has taken delivery of the first of four compact 6,612 teu sister vessels which the London-based non-operating owner ordered in April 2011 at Hanjin Heavy Industries Subic Bay. The new ship has left the Philippine yard under the name CAP ARNAUTI to join her charterer Hamburg Süd.
She is scheduled to phase into the multi-operator Far East to ECSA service jointly offered by the German carrier and its partners CMA CGM, Hanjin, CSCL and CSAV. This service had been launched in early June as part of a wider restructuring of the Asia to South America trade lane.
The CAP ARNAUTI is 271m long and 42.80m (17 rows) wide. She is thus a typical example of the more recent compact ship design in this size class, compared to the more commonplace 6,600 teu ships of 300m length and 40m (16 rows) beam built in the recent past,
She is named after the Cape of Arnauti, the westernmost tip of the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus. While ‘Arnauti’ means ‘those who have not returned’ in Arabic, the new ship will hopefully enjoy ‘many happy returns’ during a safe and successful career.
The second ship of the Zodiac quartet is scheduled for delivery in a few weeks’ time and it will also join Hamburg Süd as a charterer. The ship is expected to come on stream as CAP AKRITAS.
Units three and four of the type, with the proforma names CARDIFF and SWANSEA, will be delivered in October and November, respectively. So far, the ships have not found a charter yet and they are open ex yard.