Swire Group’s multipurpose liner shipping arm, the China Navigation Company, is to take delivery of the 31,000 dwt multipurpose vessel SHENKING this week. The box-friendly 199m vessel is number four in a series of eight identical ships that China Navigation is to receive from Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding of Zhoushan, China. She follows the SHAOSHING, delivered in July.
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 SHENKING is to phase into the service from Northeast Asia to Panua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Her maiden sailing is scheduled to depart from Shanghai on 17 August.