Monday, May 27, 2013

Grand Benelux - second replacement

1. A lobster fisherman attends to his traps off Black Rock Beach as Grand Benelux approaches the Middle Ground between Meagher's Beach and Ives Knoll.
Part 2 of the Atlantic Cartier replacement arrived this  morning, but at Autoport. Grand Benelux is owned by ACL, but operates in the colours of the the parent company Grimaldi Group and is registered in Italy.

2. Grimaldi Group of Italy is the parent company of Atlantic Container Line. They also operate the bright yellow ships of Grimaldi Lines.

Built in 2001 by the Uljani shipyard in Pula, Crotia, is is credited with the ability to carry 4,600 cars. These would be very small cars however, since the ship only measures 37,712 gross tons. It also has the unusual feature of six passenger cabins, with two berths each. These are for the use of drivers accompanying their vehicles (usually trucks) on the ship's normal intra-European sailings. As its names imply these would connect Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg with the Mediterranean.
As a pure truck and car carrier, it has no container capacity, and therefore balances yesterday's caller CSAV Rungue which could carry no vehicles. Both ships are dealing with the backlog created when Atlantic Cartier caught fire May 1.


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