Sunday, May 26, 2013

CSAV Rungue - first replacement

Atlantic Container Line brought CSAV Rungue to Halifax today as part of their efforts to replace Atlantic Cartier after the serious fire in Hamburg on May 1.
CSAV Rungue is a pure container ship, without RoRo capability, so it is only a stopgap to deal with a backlog that built up when the Cartier fire took that ship out of the normal ACL rotation of five ships.  The fire, which damaged 30 of the 70 cars aboard did structural damage to the ship which is still in Hamburg. Later reports indicate that firefighters had to order in more foam after exhausting local supplies. Longshoreman were able to remove containers containing uranium hexaflouride, ethanol and ammunition before the fire spread from the car deck area.
CSAV Rungue (Liberian flag) was built in 2008 as Priomavera by Thyssen Nordseewerke in Emden, Germany and is owned by Maritime GmbH in Elsfleth. It has a container capacity of 3,476 TEU on 36,087 gross tons and 42,594 deadweight. The initials "CSAV" in its name stand for Compagnia Sud Americana de Vapores. They  have the ship on charter, but are reconfiguring several lines, and had the ship available.
Next month another ship, Grande Angola, a ConRo from Grimaldi Group (parent of ACL), will be here for ACL.

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