The Haifa-based non operating owner Zodiac Maritime has taken delivery of the 3,600 teu vessel HANJIN CALIFORNIA, the first of four sister ships ordered by companies related to the Ofer Family in June 2011 at the South Korean Sungdong Shipyard. The vessel has joined a long-term charter with Hanjin Shipping and she is to phase into the Korean carrier’s Far East to West Coast of North America service ‘CAX’.
On this service, the ship replaces the 3,560 teu HANJIN MEXICO, which is to phase into the Straits to Australia and New Zealand loop offered jointly by APL (‘NAX’), Hanjin (‘AAZ’) and ANL (‘KIX’).
While the quartet’s lead ship is managed by Israel’s XT, the second ship in the series, the HANJIN NEW JERSEY, will be managed by Eastern Pacific of Singapore. All four units are expected to begin their commercial life on the ‘CAX’ service.