Hanjin Shipping has put into service the 3,614 teu container vessel HANJIN FLORIDA, the third vessel in a series of four sister ships ordered by companies related to the Ofer Family in June 2011 at Sungdong Shipyard, South Korea.
The new baby-overpanamax ship is 228m long and 37.30m (15 rows) wide. It is equipped with 500 reefer plugs and designed for moderate service speeds of no more than 21 knots.
The HANJIN FLORIDA is to join the Far East to India and Pakistan service ‘FIX’ offered jointly by Hanjin and KMTC. On this loop, the new ship will replace the 4,275 teu HANJIN DURBAN.
As previously announced, Maersk Line will notably increase the capacity of its Western Med to Middle East Gulf service ‘ME2’. The world’s largest shipping line will soon replace ‘ME2’s fleet of 5,600 teu container vessels with 7,500 teu ships.
The weekly ‘ME2’, which maintains a seven-week round-trip, is presently run with five Maersk-owned 5,6218 teu ships and the sub-chartered 5,447 teu HANJIN VENEZIA and sailing skipped every seven weeks.
While Maersk recently returned the charter vessel to Hanjin Shipping, it also starts to phase-in larger ships. Over the course of the coming two months, the carrier will bring in six 7,250 teu over-panamax ships of the Korean-built Maersk Seletar-type and the 6,674 teu MAERSK KIMI.
The Seletar-type ships are partially sourced from reactivation after idling, but also from redeployment from other services. Many of them come from Maersk Line’s Asia to South Africa service ‘Safari’ where they have been replaced by 6,673 teu wide-beam newbuildings from Hyundai Samho shipyard
In addition to the effect from the larger vessels, the ‘ME2’s capacity is also boosted by the return to a seven-ship fleet without any skipped sailings. As the hopefully stronger second half of the year approaches, Maersk Line increased capacity again. In addition to the ‘ME2’, the carrier is also boosting its US-flagged Middle East to USEC service ‘MECL1’ with ships of 6,500 teu.
Hanjin Shipping this week received the HANJIN BLUE OCEAN, the final unit in a series of nine 13,029 teu neo-panamaxes initially contracted by Munchmeyer Petersen & Co (MPC) at Hyundai Heavy Indutries, Ulsan. The German owner ordered these ships in February 2008 with the backing of long term charters to Hanjin, but failed to arrange sufficient funding for the vessels when the German KG investor model collapsed during the financial crisis.
Subsequently, five of the orders were taken over by Hanjin, whereas four were retaken by third-party investors through the Isle-of-Man-registered investment vehicle Gansey Bay Ltd. At the same time, the ships’ delivery dates were deferred by one year.
The HANJIN BLUE OCEAN is one of the Gansey Bay-owned vessels and the ship is to join the CKYH-alliances ‘NE 6’ service. She follows her Hanjin-owned sister vessel HANJIN GREEN EARTH, delivered earlier this month.