Sunday, October 28, 2012

Giant RoRo Freight Ferry Aimed At South East Road Haulage Traffic

New Vessel Squeezes Into London
Shipping News Feature

UK – LUXEMBOURG - NETHERLANDS – BELGIUM – The thousands of truck drivers who pass over the Queen Elizabeth Bridge which links Essex to Kent will be familiar with the sight of the occasional CLdN or Cobelfreight RoRo ferry moored or passing beneath them but it was the turn of the pool of London on Friday to witness the christening of the group’s latest giant freight ferry which will carry road haulage traffic over to the Continent. In a scene nostalgic to many the vessel dwarfed passing river traffic as she made her way to her rendezvous.

The MS Adeline overshadowed HMS Belfast as the naming ceremony took place from the deck of one of the cruisers which ply the upper river and had help negotiating the tricky approach, particularly as she squeezed through an open Tower Bridge, from the tugs Celica and Bootle owned and operated by Maersk subsidiary company Svitzer.

The Adeline is in fact smaller than some of the other recent additions to the Luxembourg headquartered company’s fleet which have been busy importing materials for some of the capital’s largest projects in the past few years including the Shard and Wembley stadium. The new vessel was built by the Kyokuyo Shipbuilding Corporation, Shimonoseki in Japan and is 152 metres long with a 22 metre beam and after the naming ceremony proceeded downriver to her berth at Purfleet for loading to Zeebrugge.

Photo: The Adeline squeezes through the opened Tower Bridge aided by the Svitzer tugs.