Monday, December 3, 2012

San Francisco Express - another big one

Hapag-Lloyd's second big post-Panamax ship arrived at dusk today. San Francisco Express is a sister to Busan Express which began calling last month. These ships manage to cram 6,750 TEU into a 300m x 40m hull. That works out to 75,590 gross tons and 85,400 deadweight. The ship was built in 2004 by Daewoo's Koje yard in South Korea.
Several OOOCL ships have been given Express names, and they are post-Panamax ships too, but slightly smaller in terms of carrying capacity.
These ships have been bumped from Asia/Med/Europe service by even larger ships, thus sustaining the trickle down theory. That theory is that the largest ships will always serve the Asia/Med/Europe service and will displace other ships that will then run transatlantic. All bets on this theory may be off in 2014 when the expanded Panama Canal opens.

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