In September-October global ship deliveries, 4,298-TEU was as big as it got with the first of three ships, the Alexandra Bridge, going to "K" Line from an order placed with Hyundai in August 2006.
According to Exim News Service, the Alexandria Bridge is to be deployed on the China-Middle East-India service (CMS/CSG), jointly operated with PIL and Wan Hai. In the same category, it was joined by the 4,252-TEU Jpo Vela built by Zhejiang Shipbuilding, and is already chartered by Malaysia’s MISC and renamed the Bunga Mas Sembilan before deployment on the new Asia-India-Middle East Halal Express 2 service.
After that, ships get smaller. The 2,750-TEU Cape Male was delivered to Schoeller Holdings, the first of the new Wenchong 2800-class built in China by the Wenchong Shipyard in Guangzhou.
Wenchong 2800s can take on 499 reefer boxes and go 22.3 knots. The units reportedly go to German owners Reederei Gebruder Winter, Thien & Heyenga, Reederei Bernd Drewitz and Schoning as well as Turkish owner Yardimci.
From the China Shipbuilding in Taiwan to Cido went the third of seven 1,713-TEU ships, one to Maersk, the Maersk Weymouth, which joins the Safari 3 loop following the August delivery of Maersk Westport, and will replace the 1,850-TEU Jacky Rickmers.
This was part of a wider order by Cido for 17 such ships from the same yard, ordered from early 2005 to mid-2006. Six have been sold this year by Cido at substantial discounts—two to Wan Hai interests, two to Sea Consortium and two to Carsten Rehder.
The 1,043-TEU Avra from Korea’s Dae Sun yard went to Greek owner Cosmoship and will join Korean carrier STX-Pan Ocean on the Korea-Haiphong service (KVX) jointly operated by STXPan Ocean and Heung-A, replacing the 1,118-TEU Islandia, whose charter expires.
The Avra follows the Dora C in Cosmoship's Dae Sun 1000 series and brings to 29 the number of ships in this series.
Indonesian carrier PT Pelayaran Tempuran Emas (Temas Line) has received the 537-TEU Are Mas from the Ningbo Boda Shipyard, to be deployed on Temas Line routes out of Jakarta and Surabaya, covering a dozen Indonesian ports.