Friday, June 24, 2011

Diana Shipping and Rickmers Take Delivery of New Freight Container Ships

To Begin Charters for Maersk Immediately
Shipping News Feature

GREECE / GERMANY / DENMARK – Freight vessel owners Diana Containerships and Rickmers Group have both announced this week the delivery of several new container vessels that are immediately being placed on charter contracts with shipping line Moller Maersk.

Athens-based Diana Containerships has announced that they have taken delivery of three Panamax container vessels; the m/v Maersk Malacca, a 1990-built vessel of 4,714 TEU capacity ; the m/v Maersk Merlion, a 1990-built vessel of 4,714 TEU capacity and the m/v Maersk Madrid, a 1989-built vessel of 4,206 TEU capacity.

The ships have all been chartered for a minimum of twenty-four months at a daily rate of $21,450 and are expected to generate approximately $14.5 million of gross revenues each for the minimum scheduled period of the charter.

Meanwhile, Rickmers Group has conducted a naming ceremony for two 13,100TEU container vessels being built for them at the Ulsan shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea; the Tauro Rickmers and Libra Rickmers.

The two ships are the final in an eight-ship series being built for the Hamburg ship-owner for long term charter to Maersk Line.

Following the ceremony, the Tauro Rickmers was renamed Maersk Evora and sailed to Busan to commence loading for Europe on Maersk’s AE2 service. At the end of July, Hyundai is due to deliver Libra Rickmers, which under the name Maersk Essex should start loading in Busan on 30 July, also for Europe on the AE2 service.

With an overall length of 366m and a beam of 48m, Rickmers’ eight 13,100TEU ships are not quite the largest containerships being built today but have the flexibility of being able to transit the Panama Canal once the new locks are completed.

(pic: Tauro Rickmers/Maersk Evora)