Monday, November 3, 2014

Four Sister Container Ships Present in Port On the Same Day

Almost 10,000 Boxes handled After Multiple Arrival
Shipping News Feature

UK – It seems that as a container port DP World’s Southampton facility is a firm favourite of box line Hapag Lloyd which last week saw no less than four of the company’s deep sea fleet all being worked simultaneously. This was the first time in the terminal’s history that four sister ships from the same shipping line berthed at the same time. The multiple visit meant that almost 10,000 containers needed to be handled from the four vessels, many discharging goods for the UK’s retailers and high street businesses in the run up to Christmas.

Three of the four were the new generation ultra large container ships (ULCS), each with nominal capacity of more than 13,000 TEU with the Ludwigshafen Express, New York Express and Stuttgart Express all making their first port of call on a rotation in Europe before going on to call at Le Havre and Antwerp whilst the Hong Kong Express was making her last call of a European rotation before sailing to Singapore.

Hapag-Lloyd, part of the G6 shipping alliance is to merge with Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV) to make up the world’s fourth largest container line as reported previously, and the German carrier has been a customer of DP World Southampton since the terminal first opened in the 1970’s. Chris Lewis, Managing Director, DP World Southampton, observed:

“Four sister vessels berthed at the same time was an impressive sight. We were very proud to welcome the ‘Express sisters’ and look forward to more visits in the future. All the vessels were discharged and loaded in good time, as our customers have come to expect from Southampton.”