The Greek non-operating owner Eastern Mediterranean Maritime (EMM) has taken delivery of the 1,756 teu SEAMASTER. The vessel is the third container ship ever built by the South Korean SPP Shipbuilding Company, and the last unit in a trio of three similar wide-beam units for EMM.
The new SPP container ships are compact wide-beam Bangkokmax designs with a length over all of 170.00m, a beam of 29.80 and a moderate draft of 9.50m. The geared ships are thus ideally suited for second-tier intra-Asia services.
The SEAMASTER will join this week her charterer Golden Sea Shipping, a regional intra-Asia carrier and member of the China Shipping group of companies. The ship will phase into the joint Malaysia – Thailand – Vietnam service of Golden Sea Shipping and Gold Star Line, a subsidiary of Israel’s flag carrier Zim. This weekly service operates as a Port Kelang based butterfly with a Thailand (Bangkok and Laem Chabang) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) leg. It turns in 21 days with three ships.
On this loop, the new SEAMASTER will replace the 1,440 teu CAPTAIN KATTELMANN, which Golden Sea Shipping will return upon phase-out.
The SEAMASTER follows her earlier sisters TZINI and SAN GIORGIO.