MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping, the Hamburg-based multipurpose and breakbulk specialist, best known for its liner service between Northern Europe and South Africa, this week received the 37,000 dwt mpp ship BRIGHT SKY. The vessel is currently positioning on an off-schedule trip to phase into its owner’s liner service in early October.
The BRIGHT SKY is the third ship in a series of six vessels that MACS already ordered back in 2007 and 2008 for a reported price of USD 42 million per unit. The original orders were placed at Jiangsu Shenghua shipyard, which later ran into difficulties with the ships’ construction. Following several delays and complications, it was finally decided to complete the ships at Qingshan Shipyard of Wuhu. So far, it is not exactly clear whether all three remaining orders are still alive or whether some of the later ships have been canceled.
The 199.95m BRIGHT SKY and her sisters are fully geared with no fewer than six (!) cranes and they offer capacity for up to 2,000 teu. On the MACS’s Europe to South Africa run, the ships however usually carry a broad mix of containers and other cargoes.