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Hutchison Port Holdings’s on Friday welcomed the maiden call of Wan Hai Lines’ ‘NS3’ Service at its Zuhai International Container Terminal. The call was performed by the 2,646 teu vessel WAN HAI 313.
Wan Hai had already expended the ‘NS3’ coverage this August, adding calls at Pasir Gudang, Singapore, Osaka and Keelung. At the same time, the carrier stretched the rotation from 21 to 28 days and added a fourth ship. Right after this move, Evergreen started to slot on the service’s Hong Kong and Shekou to Port Kelang segments.
The Zuhai terminal is located at Gaolan on the Nanshui River, southwest of the Zhuhai Special Economic Zone in the Guangdong Province. It is the only natural deep-water port in the western Pearl River Delta.
Wan Hai will be only the second carrier to use the port for international deep-sea connections. The only other regular container loop to call at Gaolan is Gold Star Line’s Pearl River Delta to Northen Vietnam loop – a one-ship shuttle with a weekly capacity of only 735 teu.
Maersk Line today announced a revision of its ‘SAEX’ service, a weekly loop that connects the East Coast of North America to Central America and soon also to the North Coast of South America.
As of late August, new calls at the Colombian ports of Santa Marta, Barranquilla and Cartagena will be added. As a consequence, the service’s rotation is to be extended from 21 to 28 days and a fourth ship will be added to the ‘SAEX’ fleet. The additional vessel is yet to be nominated.
At the same time, Maersk Line will remove the service’s present call at Miami. The Florida port will last be visited by the 1,296 teu VARAMO on 21 August.
The revised rotation will read: Savannah, Norfolk, Wilmington (NC), Santo Tomas, Puerto Cortes, Puerto Moin, Manzanillo (Panama), Santa Marta (new), Barranquilla (new), Cartagena (new), Manzanillo (Panama), Puerto Cortes, Santo Tomas, Savannah.
The German container line Hamburg Süd has ordered a three large container ships at Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea. The newbuildings are slated for delivery in the second half of 2014. While neither the yard nor the carrier disclosed the vessels’ specifications, the ships are believed to be further units of the recently-launched 9,669 teu CAP SAN NICOLAS type.
Based on this assumption, the three new vessels would add to a series of six such ships owned and operated by Hamburg Süd plus four ships that the Greek non-operating owners Enesel ordered for long-term charters to Hamburg Süd. They would thus take the total number of ships of this type to 13.
With a capacity for up to 2,100 reefer containers (the equivalent of 4,200 teu), Hamburg Süd’s and Enesel’s 333.20m long ships are presently the world’s largest reefer vessels. The lead ship of the series, the CAP SAN NICOLAS, has been delivered earlier this month and it has joined the Far East to ECSA Service ‘ASIA’ which Hamburg Süd offers in cooperation with Maersk (‘ASAS’).
The first six German-owned ships are scheduled for delivery before the end of this year. The four Greek-owned ships are then to follow in the first half of 2014. Finally, the now-ordered three units of Hamburg Süd would follow later that year.
Some brokerage sources claim the vessels were ordered at USD 81million per unit. While this would be in line with numerous recent orders of ‘standard’ compact wide-beam ships of 9,000 teu, linvervision estimates the Hamburg Süd orders to be a more in the price range of about USD 90 million because of their high reefer capacity.
If on the other hand the reported price of USD 81 million is indeed correct, it would be a pointer towards three high-reefer ships of about 7,500 teu to add to Hamburg Sud’s ten-strong DSME-built SANTA CLARA series.
In short: some details of the order remain sketchy and we will have to wait for further information to become available.