Hanjin Shipping takes delivery of 2nd of eight 13,100-TEU containerships

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HANJIN Shipping has taken delivery of the 13,100-TEU Hanjin Sooho, which is the first in a series of eight same-sized vessels built by Hyundai Heavy Industries.

A report by Alphaliner said the containerships were originally contracted by Muenchmeyer Petersen & Co (MPC) in February 2008, with the backing of the shipping line as a long-term charterer.

But MPC dropped out because it was unable to arrange the necessary financing in the wake of the Lehmann Bros collapse in September 2008.

As a result, Hanjin Shipping took over five of the contracts and four other vessels of this size were transferred to third-party investors through Gansey Bay Ltd, an Isle of Man-registered company. The deliveries of the nine ships were also postponed by up to one year, the report said.

The Hanjin Sooho is to be deployed in the CKYH 'NE 6' service, which is currently being upgraded from 10 vessels ranging in size from 8,200 to 9,950 TEU to 11 ships of 10,000 to 13,100 TEU.

The delivery of the Hanjin Sooho brings to 11 the number of containerships ranging in size from 13,000 to 14,000 TEU that were delivered in March, said Alphaliner.

"This sets a new record for the highest number of deliveries of containerships of above 10,000 TEU in a single month," it added.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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