China’s Wuhu Xinlian shipyard recently delivered the 18,000 dwt multipurpose vessel SCL BASILISK, the last unit of four identical ships originally ordered for Safmarine’s Africa-related breakbulk and multipurpose services. While the lead ship SAFMARINE SAHEL and sisters two and three indeed joined Safmarine, the last unit was later refused by the carrier because of year-long delivery delays.
The ship has finally been handed over to Swiss Container Line (SCL), interests related to Enzian Shipping of Switzerland.
The Swiss also control a series of four very similar, but not identical, multipurpose ships from Jiangsu Sugang Shipyard – two of which have been chartered to Safmarine.
Swiss Container Line’s SCL BASILISK is 161.50m long and 25.00m wide. The ship is fitted with three 80 ton cranes and she can – theoretically – carry about 1,000 teu in full container mode.
Powered by an MAN B&W main engine of 9,900 KW, the SCL BASILISK is capable of a speed of about 17 knots.
The SCL BASILISK is presently tramping in the multipurpose market and she is not trading on a scheduled liner service so far.