Zodiac Maritime has taken delivery of the second of four compact 6,612 teu sister vessels which the London-based non-operating owner ordered in April 2011 at Hanjin Heavy Industries Subic Bay. The new ship has left the Philippine yard under the name CAP ANDREAS to join her charterer Hamburg Süd. She follows the CAP ARNAUTI, which was delivered in late July.
The vessel is scheduled to phase into the China – India Service ‘CNX’ that the German carrier offers in cooperation with RCL and OOCL. Here, she will replace the short-term chartered 4,380 teu vessel MEREDA, which Hamburg Süd is expected to return. On the ‘CNX’ service, the newbuilding will be the largest ship, as the loop otherwise deploys vessels of 4,400 to 5,900 teu.
The CAP ANDREAS is 271m long and 42.80m (17 rows) wide. She is thus a typical example of the more recent compact ship designs in this size class, compared to the more commonplace 6,600 teu ships of 300m length and 40m (16 rows) beam built in the recent past.
Following the lead ship of the series, which is named after the Cape of Arnauti, the westernmost tip of the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus, the second unit now carries the name of Cape Apostolos Andreas, the easternmost tip of Cyprus.
Units three and four of the type, with the proforma names CARDIFF and SWANSEA, are scheduled for delivery in October and November, respectively. So far, the ships have not found a charter yet and they are open ex yard.
Even though Zodiac ordered all four of the sister vessels, the company will only manage three of them. The series’ lead ship, CAP ARNAUTI, was eventually delivered to Eastern Pacific Shipmanagement, due to a recent restructuring of assets between various companies linked to the Ofer family.