Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dallas Express - another new name for Hapag-Lloyd

1. Dallas Express in the Narrows. The ship now has red antifouling paint at the bulbous bow and amidships, but still has the grey coloured paint for a portion of the hull forward and aft.

2. Atlantic Willow swings the ship by the stern to back down into the Fairvew Cove pier.

Dallas Express is the new name for the former Antwerpen Express, a regular caller since it was built in 2000. The ship was renamed last month as part of a re-jigging to free up names for new ships.

The ship was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea, and was actually laid down as Tokyo Express, but never sailed under that name. It measures 54,437 gross tons and has a capacity of 4,890 TEU.

The regular renaming of ships is normal behaviour at H-L, and several ships names have been use two three or more times since H-L adopted the Express theme for container ships. In the pre-container age, the ships were named for German cities.

The ship arrived late this morning and berthed at Fairview Cove, with the tug Atlantic Willow as tethered escort, and berthing tug.


No comments:

Post a Comment