The Chinese operator Sinotrans has taken delivery of the SINOTRANS DALIAN, the second of two 1,100 teu vessels ordered in June 2011 at Qinshan Shipyard, a sister company of the ocean carrier and part of the Sinotrans Group. The vessel follows the SINOTRANS QINGDAO, delivered earlier this month. Originally slated for delivery in late 2012 and early 2013, the two ships have been deferred by around eight months each.
The new vessel is to join Sintotrans’ China to Japan network. She is expected to phase into the carrier’s Shanghai-based ‘SJ1-SJ2’ butterfly loop, which consists of two small shuttles on which vessels alternate between a Shanghai to Nagoya wing and a Shanghai to Yokohama and Tokyo wing.
Sinotrans so far has not confirmed the ship’s deployment and the SINOTRANS DALIAN appears to begin her commercial career with an off-schedule voyage to Japan and back.