Sunday, October 10, 2010

MOL Partner lives up to name

MOL Partner is the name for this post-Panamax container ship, and indeed is in partnership with other Japanese shipping companies.

What would normally be a rivalry between K-Line (Kawasaki Kaishen Kaisha) has become a joint operation with MOL (Mitsui OSK Lines) to increase the number and size of ships on ther CKYH service (with Cosco, Hanjin and Yang Ming.)

MOL Partner was built in 2005 by Koyo Dockyard in Mihara, Japan and is a typically functional vessel of 71,902 gross tons. With a capacity of 6350 TEU, the ship can do 26 knots if pushed, but is nowadays steaming at a more economical speed as part of the nine ship rotation from Asia to the east coast of North America. It is the second MOL ship to join the rotation, and apppears to be fairly fresh from the shipyard, with pristine hull paint.

When it sailed this morning at 0745, the ship gave 1130 tomorrow for arrival at Ambrose pilots for New York.

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