Thursday, October 10, 2013

Container Shipping News as New Vessel Named and Asia Europe Services Withdrawn

Meanwhile Another Energy Exploration Vessel Also Commissioned
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH KOREA – ASIA – EUROPE – The expected slowdown in winter trade has prompted the announcement of forthcoming reductions in several Asia – Europe freight services this week whilst Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has celebrated the christening of its latest 13,208 TEU containership at a ceremony on Geoje Island in South Korea. Leased to Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line of Japan, the MV NYK Hyperion is the eighth in the series of ten vessels OOCL ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries.

The vessel, measuring 366 metres long and 48 metres wide, was named by Sponsor Harriet Tung, wife of C.C. Tung, Chairman of Orient Overseas (International) Limited, at the Samsung yard. OOCL says that the construction of the new freighter combines innovative designs and the latest green technologies and added that with this combination, it proves its commitment to introducing efficient and environmental friendly vessels. A sophisticated hull form design and state-of-the-art engine technologies are just some important features that contribute to lowering energy consumption which in turn reduces emissions into the environment.

The NYK Hyperion will be serving the Asia-Europe trade on the Loop 7 service where her port rotation is: Qingdao / Shanghai / Hong Kong / Yantian / Singapore / Salalah / via Suez Canal / Rotterdam / Hamburg / Southampton / via Suez Canal / Singapore / Yantian and back to Qingdao in a 77-day round trip.

Staying with the Loop 7 service, as two of the G6 Alliance members, OOCL and NYK, along with partners APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine and MOL, have announced the withdrawal of eight Asia-Europe sailings from late October 2013 to February 2014, in response to expected low demand over the winter season. The void sailings will be made on the following services:

Asia – North Europe services

- Loop 7 service in Week 44 (ETA Qingdao 28 October 2013)

- Loop 4 service in Week 47 (ETA Ningbo 22 November 2013)

- Loop 6 service in Week 48 (ETA Kaohsiung 25 November 2013)

- Loop 1 service in Week 1, 2014 (ETA Kobe 4 January 2014)

- Loop 6 service in Week 7, 2014 (ETA Kaohsiung 10 February 2014)

Asia – Mediterranean services

- EUM service in Week 44 (ETA Pusan 27 October 2013)

- EUM service in Week 48 (ETA Pusan 24 November 2013)

- EUM service in Week 7, 2014 (ETA Pusan 9 February 2014)

Meanwhile in other vessel naming news, Maersk Drilling’s latest ultra deepwater drillship was named by Nathalie Newman, wife of Harry Newman Jr, the ExxonMobil Global Drilling Manager, on Thursday morning (October 10) in a ceremony also held at the Samsung shipyard. The Maersk Viking, the first in a series of four 228 metre long drill ships, will be able to operate at water depths up to 3,650 metres and is capable of drilling wells of more than 12,200 metres.

The four drill ships represent a total investment of US$2.6 billion and will be delivered from the SHI shipyard in late 2013 and 2014. After delivery from the yard and mobilisation to the US Gulf of Mexico, Maersk Viking will commence a three year contract with ExxonMobil. The estimated contract value is US$ 610 million including mobilisation, but excluding cost escalation and performance bonus.

Photo: The Maersk Viking being made ready for service.