Germany’s Buss Capital has taken delivery of the 1,714 teu Wenchong 1700-MK2 type ship OCTAVIA, an evolutionary successor type of the popular Wenchong 1700-MK1 standard design.
While the design retains the general characteristics of the MK1, the new series features an entirely redesigned hull and superstructure. The MK2 type has a lower draft and deadweight and comes equipped with an electronically controlled Sulzer-Wartsila RT flex engine, compared to the mechanically controlled MAN B&W engines of the MK-1 type. Just slightly shorter than the MK1 type, the MK2 remains within the limits of the Bangkokmax dimensions and its thus allowed to navigate the Chao Phraya River.
The OCTAVIA is the last of four similar ships that Buss ordered in February 2011 at China’s Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard for delivery between late 2012 and mid-2013. The ship follows the OCEANA, now the MCC SHANGHAI, which was handed over in July.
Of note, the German Buss Group, based at Hamburg, is a major operator of multipurpose terminals and Buss Capital is the group’s investment vehicle. It is not to be confused with the Leer-based Hermann Buss group, which also includes a financing and ship management company.
Since Hamburg’s Buss group does not have an own ship management branch, the technical management of the four sister ships has been outsourced to Reederei Gebrüder Winter, also located at Hamburg.
The new OCTAVIA has found a charter with the APM-M’s group’s intra-Asia carrier MCC Transport for whom she will trade under the name MCC SHENZHEN. MCC has therewith chartered all four of the Buss sisters. The OCTAVIA will join two of her earlier sisters on MCC’s ‘PHI1’ China-Korea-Philippines service, where she replaces the Taiwan built 1,713 teu ship MAERSK WARSAW.