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.
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.
The Evergreen Group has taken delivery of the UK-registered 9,200 teu vessel EVER LINKING. The ship is the 16th of 30 units in the carrier’s series of new L-class ships and the second vessel of the series that was built at CSBC Kaohsiung in Taiwan.
Evergreen had decided to split the 30-strong series of new L-class ships between the South Korean yards Samsung Heavy Industries (20 ships) and CSBC Kaohsiung (10 units).
The new vessel follows the EVER LIVING, delivered in September as the first CSBC-built ship of the type.
Evergreen will phase the EVER LINKING into its ‘CES’ Far East to Northern Europe service, where several of the new L-class units are to replace the last remaining 7,024 teu Evergreen S-class ships.
The new L-type vessels were the largest container ships in Evergreen’s fleet until the recent delivery of the 13,900 teu THALASSA HELLAS, the first of a series of ten ultra-large ships that Evergreen is to charter from the Greek non-operating owner Enesel.
Initially, Evergreen had been very conservative when it comes to newbuilding orders. For years, the carrier had the smallest order book of any major container line and it refrained from ordering ultra-large vessels when many of its rivals opted for +13,000 teu ships. In 2010 and 2011 Evergreen finally embarked on a 30 ship newbuilding program, which it topped up in 2012 with a deal with Enesel for even bigger ships.
South Korea’s Hanjin shipping will drop the call at Portland, Oregon, from its ‘PNH’ service in early 2014. The US West Coast port, located on the Columbia river, will therewith lose its one and only Transpacific container service.
Hanjin blamed rising handling charges and sagging longshore labor productivity for its decision. So far, the ‘PNH’ service handled an average of about 1,600 containers per week, Hanjin therewith accounts for 80 percent of Portland’s container business.
Apart from Westwood’s forest product service, which also accepts limited numbers of containers, Hapag-Lloyd’s and Hamburg Sud’s joint Panama Canal-routed Mediterranean – WCNA loop ‘MPS’ will remain the only container service left at Portland.
Hanjin’s decision is a major blow to the Manila-headquartered terminal operator ICTSI, which runs Portland’s container pier. The company is only a few years into a 25-year concession period and attracting new cargo or even new carriers to Portland is increasingly turning into an uphill task.
The Greek non-operating owner Eastern Mediterranean Maritime (EMM) has taken delivery of the 1,756 teu SEAMASTER. The vessel is the third container ship ever built by the South Korean SPP Shipbuilding Company, and the last unit in a trio of three similar wide-beam units for EMM.
The new SPP container ships are compact wide-beam Bangkokmax designs with a length over all of 170.00m, a beam of 29.80 and a moderate draft of 9.50m. The geared ships are thus ideally suited for second-tier intra-Asia services.
The SEAMASTER will join this week her charterer Golden Sea Shipping, a regional intra-Asia carrier and member of the China Shipping group of companies. The ship will phase into the joint Malaysia – Thailand – Vietnam service of Golden Sea Shipping and Gold Star Line, a subsidiary of Israel’s flag carrier Zim. This weekly service operates as a Port Kelang based butterfly with a Thailand (Bangkok and Laem Chabang) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) leg. It turns in 21 days with three ships.
On this loop, the new SEAMASTER will replace the 1,440 teu CAPTAIN KATTELMANN, which Golden Sea Shipping will return upon phase-out.
The SEAMASTER follows her earlier sisters TZINI and SAN GIORGIO.
Sinotrans Container Line has taken delivery of the 1,048 teu vessel SINOTRANS TIANJIN, the second of two sisters that the carrier ordered at Daesun shipyard of South Korea in April 2011.
The ship follows the SINOTRANS SHANGHAI, delivered in August.
Sinotrans has phased the new ship into its China to Japan and Korea butterfly loop ‘Kanto’, where it replaces the 1,024 teu OPTIMA. The weekly ‘Kanto’ butterfly serves alternating Japan (Nagoya) and Korea legs out of Lianyungang and Qingdao. The service turns on a 14-day rotation. It deploys two ships: One vessel is operated by Sinotrans and one by SITC.
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.