Tagged: Sister ship

HANJIN FLORIDA (3,614 teu) delivered

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The 3,614 teu HANJIN FLORIDA at Sundong / Credit: Vladimir Tonic

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.

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SAINTY VOGUE (1,079 teu) delivered

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Frozen containers in St Petersburg – ice classed vessels are required throughout the season / Credit: Maersk Line

China’s Sainty Shipyard has delivered the 1,070 teu vessel SAINTY VOGUE. The ice-classed container vessel appears to be managed by an entity of the Sainty Marine Group and thus a sister company of the shipyard.

Sainty has been a prolific builder of various types of small ice-classed container vessels, typically built to European standard designs for the accounts of north European owners.

The SAINTY VOGUE and her yet-to-be-delivered sister ship, due in 2014, seem to be hulls that were originally earmarked for a European non-operating owner, but which were dropped when European ship financing dried up.

Now controlled by the Sainty Marine Group itself, the SAINTY VOGUE has been chartered to Maersk Line, who will deploy the ship on the recently-launched Morocco to Russia citrus season service. The SAINTY VOGUE will phase into the service on 11 November after her positioning trip from China to Morocco.

With direct calls at St Petersburg throughout the winter, the new Maersk-Seago loop requires ice-classed tonnage.

PIL to receive KOTA CEMPAKA (6,606 teu)

Pacific International Lines is to take delivery this week of the 6,606 teu container vessel KOTA CEMPAKA, the fifth unit in a series of six sister ships from China’s Dalian Shipyard.

The six vessels were ordered in two stages: Four ships were contracted in March 2007 and two more ships were added to the pipeline in July 2011. The first four units were later deferred by about 18 months.

The four ships ordered in 2007 were originally destined to trade alongside four similarly-sized vessels of Wan Hai Lines on a joint Asia-Europe service of the two carriers. At that time, eight weeks as a typical round-trip duration of such services.

Following the economic crisis however, both PIL and Wan Hai withdrew from Far East to Northern Europe trade lane.

KOTA CEMPAKA is scheduled to phase into the joint Far East-Red Sea service of PIL and APL which has successively been upgraded from smaller vessels and which now deploys a fleet of eight ca 6,000 teu ships.

The final unit of PIL’s C-class vessels, to be named KOTA CEPAT, is scheduled for delivery at the end of this year.

SITC firms up options at CSCB and extends 1,800 teu series to eight ships

The Chinese container line SITC, short for Shandong International Transportation Corporation, has converted its four remaining options for 1,800 teu container vessels to be built at CSBC Keelung in Taiwan. The four ships are part of an eight-strong newbuilding program which the carrier kicked off in April with two firm orders for ships of this type, followed by another two firm orders in June.

Along with the contracts for the first vessels, SITC also placed options for sister ships and later successively converted these into firm orders.

CSBC is scheduled to deliver the lead ship of the series in September 2014.The remaining seven vessels will then follow in one-month and two-months intervals until the series is completed in October 2015.

SITC will pay USD 23.8 million for each of the new vessels, which will be the largest in the carrier’s fleet. Between 2011 and 2013, SITC had already completed a newbuilding program, as part of which the shipping line received 12 vessels in the 1,000 to 1,100 teu size class from various Chinese, Korean and Japanese yards.

APL CHARLESTON (8,500 teu) delivered

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The 8,500 teu APL CHARLESTON, pictured here at yard / Credit: Vladimir Tonic

A few days ago already, APL has taken delivery of the APL CHARLESTON, a 8,500 teu vessel built by DSME of South Korea. The new ship is to phase into the China to Middle East service jointly operated by APL (‘WAX’) and MOL (‘CMI’). The new ship replaces the 6,350 teu APL TURKEY.

The new APL CHARLESTON is the sixth of 12 sisters that APL has contracted at DSME. She follows the recently-delivered APL SAVANNAH.

Originally ordered in July 2010 as part of a ten-ship series of 17-row-wide standard 8,500 teu ships, APL later opted to change the type’s design. In June 2011, the Singaporean carrier and the Korean shipyard agreed to build the ships as compact 18-row-wide units with a bulkier hull and more compact exterior dimensions. Simultaneously, APL added orders for two more sister ships to bring the series to twelve units instead of ten.

Jiangsu New Yangzijiang delivers COSCO SURABAYA (4,253 teu)

Jiangsu New Yangzijiang Shipbuilding of China has delivered the 4,253 teu COSCO SURABAYA. The panamax-beam vessel is the penultimate unit in a series of 20 sister ships that Coscon ordered in late 2007 and early 2008 and whose deliveries have been deferred as a consequence of the economic crisis.

The ship is to phase into the Far East to WCSA service that Cosco Container Lines operates jointly with Evergreen Marine. On this loop, the COSCO SURABAYA will replace the 3,850 teu DA HE.

At the end of September, Coscon is scheduled to take delivery of the final unit of the type, the COSCO AQABA.

APL SAVANNAH (8,500 teu) delivered

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With the APL SAVANNAH phasing in, the far East – WCNA ‘SAX’ is now fully upgraded / Credit: Vladimir Tonic

APL has taken delivery of the APL SAVANNAH, a 8,500 teu vessel built by DSME of South Korea. The new ship is to phase into the Far East to North American West Coast loop ‘SAX’, which is now fully upgraded to ships of 8,000 to 8,500 teu.

The new APL SAVANNAH is the fifth of 12 sister ships that APL has contracted at DSME. She follows the APL PHOENIX, delivered in August.

Originally ordered in July 2010 as part of a ten-ship series of 17-row-wide standard 8,500 teu ships, APL later opted to change the type’s design. In June 2011, the Singaporean carrier and the Korean shipyard agreed to build the ships as compact 18-row-wide units with a bulkier hull and more compact exterior dimensions. Simultaneously, APL added orders for two more sister ships to bring the series to twelve units instead of ten.