The Greek non-operating owner Thenamaris has taken delivery of the 5,000 teu baby-overpanamax vessel SEADREAM: The new ship is the second of two sisters that Thenamaris ordered in June 2011 at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries of South Korea.
The 255.40m long and 37.40m (15 rows) wide ship has a commercial speed of 21.5 knots and is powered by a MAN B&W 6G80ME-C9.2 main engine, rated at about 27.000 kW.
While unit one of the duo was taken up by Maersk Line, Thenamaris’ SEADREAM appears to be charter free for the moment.
This weekend, APL has taken delivery of the sixth unit in a series of ten 13,900 teu neo-overpanamax container ships ordered in June 2011 at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries of South Korea. The ship, originally to become the APL AGILE, has been chartered out to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines straight from delivery and it sails under the name MOL QUARTZ.
The newbuilding is scheduled to phase into the G6-Alliance’s Asia to Europe Loop 7 at Qingdao today. The ship is the third 13,900 teu unit in this particular service, which is otherwise maintained with APL-operated 10,000 teu ships.
Altogether, five of APL’s ten new 13,900 teu vessels will be operated by the Singapore-based carrier itself, while the remaining five ships are to be chartered out to Japan’s MOL, which is one of APL’s partner carriers in the New World Alliance and G6-super alliance.
The Greek non-operating owner Thenamaris has taken delivery of the 5,000 teu baby-overpanamax vessel SEASMILE: The new ship is the first of two sisters that Thenamaris ordered in June 2011 at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries of South Korea.
The 255.40m long and 37.40m (15 rows) wide ship has a commercial speed of 21.5 knots and it is powered by a MAN B&W 6G80ME-C9.2 main engine, rated at about 27.000 kW.
Thenamaris’ SEASMILE is soon to join her charterer Maersk Line, for whom she will trade between the Far East and West Africa. The vessel will phase into the joint ‘FEW3’ or ‘AFEX’ service of the APM-Maersk (Maersk Line and Safmarine) and CMA CGM (CMA CGM and Delmas) groups.
At 5,000 teu, the SEASMILE will be the largest vessel employed on this loop by a margin of more than 500 teu. She will also be one of only a handful gearless ships on the loop which otherwise deploys CMA CGM ships in the size range of 3,500 to 4,000 teu, as well as Maersk and Safmarine ships of the 4,496 teu ‘Wafmax’ type. The teu advantage results mainly from the fact that the vessel is gearless. In terms of exterior dimensions, the SEASMILE is only marginally bigger than her ‘Wafmax’ type running mates. With electricity supply for 775 containers, the Thenamaris ships also offer 175 more plugs for temperature controlled boxes than the ‘Wafmaxes’ which are equipped with 600 outlets.
The second Thenamaris ship of the type is scheduled for delivery in October. It is not known yet, whether the Greek owners already secured a charter for the second unit or not.
Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, better known as MOL, has taken delivery of the 13,900 teu neo-overpanamax vessel MOL QUALITY this week. The ship, which MOL charters from APL, is to join the Grand Alliance’s Asia to Europe service Loop 4. The ship is the fourth unit in a series of APL-owned sister vessels, of which five ships will be chartered out to the Japanese Line. The MOL QUALITY follows the APL RAFFLES, delivered in May.
The MOL QUALITY is 368.50m long and 20-rows wide and was built in South Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.
The ship was built under the project name APL ADVANCE, until it was clear that the vessel will be chartered by MOL.
APL’s and MOL’s joint 13,900 teu series was designed in cooperation with the Norwegian classification society DNV. The ships are optimized for moderate service speeds and low fuel consumption. They are the first jumbo twin-isle ships designed with a fully enclosed bridge and the vessels’ deck houses are built with flush outside bulkheads in order to keep the crew safe from pirate attacks.
The Singapore-based non-operating ship owner Asiatic Lloyd has placed orders for two ca 9,000 teu ships at South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. Both of the newbuildings are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2014. It is presently not known whether the orders were made on the back of already secured long-term charters or whether Asiatic Lloyd ordered the two ships speculatively.
While no vessel specifications have been disclosed, the orders are believed to be for compact wide-beam ships of about 300m in length overall and 48.20m metres (19 rows) in width. Typically, such standard ships would presently cost in the region of USD 80 million per unit.
Launched in 2008 by German interests, Asiatic Lloyd is linked to the Bremen-based shipowners and managers Dauelsberg. The company presently manages a fleet of six Turkish-built 1,155 teu sister vessels. All of these presently trade on intra-Asia services on charter to medium-sized liner operators such as Orient Express Line and Golden Sea Shipping. The recent newbuilding deal therefore marks Asiatic Lloyd’s first foray into the realms of large mainline vessels.
Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries this week delivered the 4,530 teu wide-beam vessel HANJIN MAR. The ship is the last of three sisters which Seoul-based HI Investment & Securities ordered from the yard in mid-2011. The orders were placed on the back of seven-year charters to Hanjin.
In addition to the three ships from Hyundai Samho that Hanjin is to receive via HI Investment, the Korean carrier furthermore directly ordered three ships of roughly similar capacity from Samsung Heavy Industries.
The new compact wide-beam vessels will most likely replace a series of +4,000 teu panamaxes which Hanjin received throughout the 1990ies and of which the carrier already offloaded some units by means of sale and charter back deals or straight recycling sales.
The HANJIN MAR begins her active service on the ‘CKA’ China Korea Australia service which Hanjin jointly operates alongside Yang Ming, STX Pan Ocean, Sinotrans and Heung-A. She follows one month after the HANJIN MARINE, delivered in May, which trades on the same service. The HANJIN MAR replaced the panamax-beam 4,253 teu HANJIN DÜSSELDORF which moves to the Hanjin- and Coscon-operated CKYH Far East – Panama – USEC loop ‘AWS’/’AW7’.
The Mediterranean Shipping Company has taken delivery of the MSC ABIDJAN, the third of six compact widebeam ships of 8,827 teu from Sungdong Shipyard of South Korea.
Four of the orders have been placed directly by MSC, whereas two ships of the type were ordered by the Greek non-operating owners Costamare, who will charter them to MSC on ten-year contracts. The Costamare ships MSC ATHENS and MSC ATHOS were delivered in March and the MSC ABIDJAN should thus be the first MSC-owned vessel of the type. Market reports however suggest the MSC recently sold the ship before her delivery with a charter-back arrangement. The identity of the buyers has not yet been disclosed, but the ship is believed to be managed by UK’s Zodiac Maritime.
Whether the remaining three sisters will stay with MSC or whether similar sale and lease-back deals have been arranged still remains to be determined.
The MSC ABIDJAN will soon phase into MSC’s Far East-South Africa-Europe Pendulum service.
Altogether, MSC has ordered a total of no fewer than 18 compact wide beam ships from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, Sungdong and Jiangnan Changxing, both directly and through third parties and long term charter deals. While each of the yards builds an individual design, all ships share similar parametres. They are all about 300m long and 48.20m – that means 19 rows – wide. They all provide increased reefer power for up to 1,000 containers and all have a moderate design draft of 14.00m. While Hyundai Samho and Sungdong opted for a conventional arrangement, Jiangnan Changxing will build twin-island ships with a forward superstructure and a slightly higher nominal teu intake.
In addtion to the six MSC vessels from Sungdong, the Korean yard will build five more or less identical ships for Costamare, intended for charter to Evergreen. The first of these, VALOR, is handed over almost in parallel to the MSC ABIDJAN.