Saturday, April 6, 2013
Pusan meet Busan
There are eight container ships incorporating "Pusan" in their names, as shipping lines favour major world ports as namesakes. There is only one incorporating the alternative spelling "Busan". That two of them should meet is perhaps not remarkable given the numbers. However it did happen today in Halifax.
Busan Expres arrived this morning. It is a post-Panamax ship of 75,590 gross tons and 85,810 deadweight, with a capacity of 6750 TEU. One of the big ships calling here, it berthed at the west end of Fairview Cove to be serviced by the post-Panamax and super post-Panamax cranes.
This afternoon Pusan arrived. It is of the more typical size, at 53,324 gross tons and 62,057 deadweight tonnes and capacity of 4688 TEU. It was built in 1997. As the smaller ship, it can be served by the smaller cranes at the east berth.
Both ships are German flag vessels, chartered in by Hapag-Lloyd. Busan Express is owned by Norddeutsche Schuldt and has adopted a Hapag-Lloyd name and colours for the charter.
Puisan is owned by F. Laiesz, the inheritors of the famous Flying P line from the days of sail, when all their ships names began with the letter P. They have stuck with this scheme ever since, and for a shorter term charter, the ship has not been renamed. It previously carried the names MSC Kenya (to 2011) and Pusan Senator (to 2007) on earlier charters.
Both ships were built in Korea, Busan Express at Daewoo, Goeje, and Pusan at Hyundai, Ulsan.