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#PostPanamaxShips – Container shipping giant, Hapag Lloyd prepares for Panama Canal's new locks opening next year with an order for five 10,500 TEU container ships, reports

Not all major lines are seeking to boost competitiveness by buying the largest vessels available in a bid to reduce operating costs.

Hapag-Lloyd has instead ordered five new container ships of just 10,500 TEU capacity which it plans to deploy on South American trades and through the Panama Canal when its new locks increase the size of ships that can transit.

"When the expanded Panama Canal opens next year, Hapag-Lloyd will therefore have the optimal fleet for this trade," said the German line in a statement. "The expansion of the Panama Canal is one of the biggest civil engineering projects in the world, and will allow the passage of large vessels of up to 14,000 TEU from what is known as the post-Panamax class."

The new ships will feature 2,100 reefer plugs aimed at perishable trades and are due for delivery in 2016/2017 from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea.

Published in Ports & Shipping

#CruiseCallerTrio-Dublin Port was busy during dawn this morning as three cruiseships docked within a couple of hours, they are the Europa, Prinsendam and Ocean Princess, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Hapag-Lloyd's 199m Bahamas-flagged Europa (1999/28,890grt) arrived from Gromarty and she is moored alongside the North Wall Extension (P&O Terminal) next to the East-Link toll-lift bridge.

The five-star rated 408-passenger vessel has a forward facing web-cam overlooking her bow, noting directly ahead is P&O Ferries Liverpool route ro-pax Norbay, unless viewed later!... as she had departed this morning.

Of the remaining pair of cruiseships, the nearest visible is Princess Cruises 179m Bermuda-flagged Ocean Princess (1999/30,277grt) which is docked in Alexandra Basin (West) alongside Ocean Pier, at berth No. 33. She arrived from Waterford and is originally the R4, one of an octet of vessels built for Renaissance Cruises, with a 680 passenger capacity.

To the right of Ocean Princess can be seen the 'merging' illusion of the upper decks that belong to Holland America Line's 204m Dutch-flagged Prinsendam (1988/38,848grt). The smallest vessel of the HAL fleet, Princendam with almost 700 passengers, docked on the other side of Ocean Pier at berth No.37 which is within the adjacent Alexandra Basin (East).

She had sailed from Liverpool and is to continue her cruise to other Irish ports making an anti-clockwise circuit. Among Princendam's ports of call is Foynes, where she is to become un-expectedly the first caller of the season to the Shannon.

As previously reported, Voyages of Discovery's 15,396 tonnes Voyager, which was intended to be the first scheduled cruise caller to the estuary port, did not arise as it transpired that the ship had generator problems. This forced her 9-day Irish cruise to be curtailed in Killybegs during late May.


Published in Cruise Liners

#SHIPPING AWARD – Hapag-Lloyd was awarded Deep Sea Shipping Company of the Year Award at this year's Irish Exporters Association's Export Industry Awards.

The category was sponsored by the Port of Cork Company which recognises the strategic role that deep sea shipping plays in Ireland's economy. The other nominees were: CMA-CGM Shipping Ireland Ltd., Dublin and MSC Ireland, Dublin.

For information on the other categories and the overall winner of Exporter of the Year Award, click HERE.

Published in Ports & Shipping

Dublin Port Information

Dublin Port Company is currently investing about €277 million on its Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR), which is due to be complete by 2021. The redevelopment will improve the port's capacity for large ships by deepening and lengthening 3km of its 7km of berths. The ABR is part of a €1bn capital programme up to 2028, which will also include initial work on the Dublin Port’s MP2 Project - a major capital development project proposal for works within the existing port lands in the northeastern part of the port.

Dublin Port has also recently secured planning approval for the development of the next phase of its inland port near Dublin Airport. The latest stage of the inland port will include a site with capacity to store more than 2,000 shipping containers and infrastructure such as an ESB substation, an office building and gantry crane.

Dublin Port Company recently submitted a planning application for a €320 million project that aims to provide significant additional capacity at the facility within the port in order to cope with increases in trade up to 2040. The scheme will see a new roll-on/roll-off jetty built to handle ferries of up to 240 metres in length, as well as the redevelopment of an oil berth into a deep-water container berth.

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