The Bremen-based non-operating owner F. A. Vinnen & Co is to take delivery this week of the MERKUR FJORD, the first of two SDARI 3800 type vessels that Vinnen had ordered in September 2010 at Shanghai Shipyard for a reported price of USD 50 million per ship.
Upon delivery, Vinnen’s MERKUR FJORD will begin a five year charter with the German carrier Hamburg Süd, for whom she will trade under the charter name CAP CLEVELAND.
The vessel is the fifth unit of the 228.00m long and 37.20m (15 rows) wide SDARI 3800 type. According to Vinnen, the ship has a container intake of 3,868 teu, but capacity figures for this type have been stated alternatively as 3,765 teu, 3,820 teu and 3,868 teu, which suggests that some managers assume more conservative deck loads for their calculations than others. Electricity is provided to supply up to 500 reefer containers.
Originally, the MERKUR FJORD was scheduled for delivery in late 2012, but the ship and its sister have been deferred by about nine months.
The newbuilding is scheduled to phase into the Japan to New Zealand service that Hamburg Süd operates in partnership with MOL, Coscon and NYK, where it will replace the 4,670 teu CAP FERRATO.
Hamburg Süd has chosen to name the ship after Cape Cleveland in Australia, a promontory projecting into the Coral Sea about 40 kilometres east of Townsville, Queensland.
Vinnen’s second SDARI 3800 type, MERKUR OCEAN, is scheduled for delivery later this year. The ship will also join a charter with Hamburg Süd, for whom she will come on stream as CAP CORAL.