Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Queen Sapphire - neither here nor there?

The autocarrier Queen Sapphire arrived today for the Wallenius-Wilhelmsen line. The ship is neither a Wallenius nor a Wilhelmsen however, but a charter from Japanese owners, Meikai Shipping Services. That concern is part of the larger Meiji Shipping Group, which has a modest fleet of ships of all sizes, all chartered out to various other operators. The ship is registered in Singapore.

It is not unusual for ship owners to charter out their ships. It allows line operators to expand without buying ships, but also saves shipowners from the expense of finding work for the ships.

Queen Sapphire was built in 2009 and has a capacity of 6400 cars. It measures 60,213 gross tons. Meanwhile the autocarrier Camellia Ace which was due yesterday, was delayed and anchored offshore until this evening when it will take Queen Sapphire's place at Autoport.


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