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Week 43 at a glance

2013, Week 43 – from October 20 to October 26

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This week, linervision is pleased to present the animated work of Lauri Vanhala‘One day of marine traffic in the Baltic Sea’ or ‘The Next Big Spill’ was originnally made for the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission.

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DSME delivers EEE-type number four: MARIE MAERSK (18,270 teu)

Vladimir Tonic

EEE-4 at Okpo, scheduled to sail to bunker in Russia on 27 October / Credit: Vladimir Tonic

Maersk Line is to take delivery this week of the 18,270 teu MARIE MAERSK from South Korea’s DSME shipyard. The vessel is the fourth unit in the carrier’s series of 20 ultra-large triple-E container ships and it will phase into Maersk’s ‘AE10’ Far East to Europe and Baltic Sea service, where it is to replace the 15,500 teu EUGEN MAERSK.

Before phase-in, the ship will perform a bunkering trip to Vostochniy to take advantage of the lower prices of heavy fuel oil in the Russian Northeast.

In the EEE-type series, the MARIE MAERSK follows the MARY MAERSK, delivered in early September.

The MARIE MAERSK is 399.00 m long and 59.00 m (23 rows) wide. The ship is powered by a fully redundant twin-engine, twin-propeller and twin-rudder propulsion system. Two MAN B&W 8S80ME-C 9.2 engines, each fitted with an exhaust gas economizer, provide an MCR of 29,680 kW per unit and drive the ship at a moderate service speed of 22 knots. The EEE-series’ reefer capacity has not been disclosed but it is estimated at around 1,800 units.

Week 41 at a glance

Maersk-Seago: New weekly feeder replaces halted Baltic leg of ‘CRX’

Maersk-Seago’s recent modifications to the group’s Baltic Sea services have triggered further developments in the trade to this region.

Maersk and its intra-Europe sister company are about to change their services to the Baltic, and especially to St Petersburg, from a ‘summer pattern’ into a ‘winter pattern’. This move caters for seasonal fruit imports with improved direct links from citrus export countries and it takes into account the annual icing season, which requires some ports in the Baltic to be covered with ice-classed vessels.

In this respect, Maersk is to stop its ‘KNSM’ in favour of two direct Morocco-St Petersburg links. The carrier also cuts the Baltic leg from its ‘CRX’ in mid-October, as this service is not run with ice-classed ships.

In the wake of these changes, Maersk-Seago is to open a new Bremerhaven-based weekly Baltic Feeder to Kotka and St Petersburg. The new feeder will start operations on 16 October with the 1,404 teu ice-classed HEINRICH EHLER and a second yet to be nominated vessel on a 14-day roundtrip.

Maersk Line to drop Baltic leg of ‘CRX’ for the winter season

Maersk Line is to implement its annual ‘winter pattern’ in the trade from Central America and Mexico to Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea.

As part of the seasonal changes, the Danish carrier will drop the Baltic leg of its ‘CRX’ loop in mid-October.

The service will therefore lose its present calls at St Petersburg and Kotka and its rotation will be shortened from eight weeks to six.

With the exception of the closed Russia and Finland extension, the service’s port coverage will remain unaltered: Tilbury, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Vera Cruz, Altamira, Big Creek, Manzanillo (Panama), Moin, Cork, Tilbury.

St Petersburg and Kotka will remain covered directly with Maersk’s second fruit-oriented service between Central America and the Baltic: The ‘Ecubex’.

While both the ‘CRX’ and ‘Ecubex’ deploy high-reefer full container ships of about 2,500 teu, Maersk Line only has six such units with ice class at its disposal. Since ice-strengthened ships are required to serve the northern Baltic in winter, only one of the loops can maintain a year-round St Petersburg link.

Hence, Maersk Line now rounds up the sextet and concentrates all sisters on the ‘Ecubex’ in time for the icing season. A number of vessels will thus swap places in the coming weeks.

Direct ‘CRX’ port pairs between Central America, Russia and Finland will be maintained via transhipment at Bremerhaven’s NTB Terminal, using either the ‘Ecubex’ or space on common feeders.

The present ‘CRX’ and ‘Ecubex’ summer pattern had been established in May and the upcoming winter pattern is expected to last until second quarter of 2014.

DSME of South Korea delivers third EEE-type MARY MAERSK (18,270 teu)

Vladimir Tonic

EEE-3 at yard / Credit: Vladimir Tonic

Maersk Line is to take delivery this week of the 18,270 teu container vessel MARY MAERSK from South Korea’s DSME shipyard. The vessel is the third unit in the carrier’s series of 20 ultra-large triple-E container ships and she will phase into Maersk’s ‘AE10’ Far East to Europe and Baltic Sea service, where she is to replace the 13,092 teu MAERSK ELBA. Before phase-in, the ship will perform a bunkering trip to Vostochny, Russia. In the EEE-type series, the MARY MAERSK follows the MAJESTIC MAERSK.

The MARY MAERSK is 399.00 m long and 59.00 m (23 rows) wide. The ship is powered by a fully redundant twin-engine, twin-propeller and twin-rudder propulsion system. Two MAN B&W 8S80ME-C 9.2 engines, each fitted with an exhaust gas economizer, provide an MCR of 29,680 kW per unit and drive the ship at a moderate service speed of 22 knots. The EEE-series’ reefer capacity has not been disclosed but it is estimated at around 1,800 units.

Maersk Line’s new ship is named after her sponsor Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark and Countess of Monpezat, the wife of Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik.

Second triple-E class ship MAJESTIC MAERSK (18,270 teu) delivered

Andrew MacAlpine

Triple-E #2 at DSME / Credit: Andrew MacAlpine

Maersk Line has taken delivery of the 18,270 teu container carrier MAJESTIC MAERSK. The vessel is the second unit in a series of 20 ultra-large container ships that Maersk ordered at the South Korean Shipyard of DSME ‘Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering’. The ships of this ‘triple E’ class are currently the largest container vessels in the world.

The new ship is to phase into Maersk’s ‘AE10’ Far East to Europe and Baltic Sea service, where she is to replace the 13,092 teu MAERSK ELBA. The MAJESTIC MAERSK follows the series’ lead ship MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER, delivered at the beginning of July.

The MAJESTIC MAERSK is 399.00m long and 59.00m (23 rows) wide. She is powered by a fully redundant twin-engine, twin-propeller and twin-rudder propulsion system. Two MAN B&W 8S80ME-C 9.2 engines, each fitted with an exhaust gas economizer, with an MCR of 29,680 kW will drive the ship at a moderate service speed of 22 knots. The EEE-series’ reefer capacity has not been disclosed but it is estimated at around 1,800 units.

In late September, the new ship will make an off-schedule call at Copenhagen, where she is to be christened by the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II.