Monday, April 8, 2013

Bigger ships on the way for H-L

Think this is big?  Wait 'til next month.
 1. Los Angeles Express squeezes through the Narrows, March 29.

There will be bigger ships arriving on the Hapag-Lloyd - OOCL Atlantic Express service starting next month. Transferred from the Pacific Northwest services, where even bigger ships are now being introduced, these ships will be significantly larger than the current post-Panamax ships we see now.
The new ships, Dalian Express and Yantian Express will be 20 meters longer and carry up to 2750 more TEUS.
Here are the numbers:
Los Angeles Express 75,590 gross tons, 85,930 deadweight tonnes, 6750 TEU, 300m long x 40 m wide.
Yantian Express 88,493 gross tons, 100,006 deadweight tonnes, 7506 TEU, 320m long x 42m wide.

With the Narrows now even narrower, due to the pier 9C extension work (about 30 meters narrower I reckon) will we soon be reaching the limit?

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