Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Palena - new on AZX

A new face on the AZX (Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, MOL, NYK, OOCL) service from Asia via the Med to east coast North America arrived today, freshly painted in Hapag-Lloyd colours.

Palena, built in 2006 by Hyundai, Ulsan is a 73,934 grt, 81,247 dwt ship with a capacity of 6541 TEU (including 600 reefers). It has been owned by H-L since June of 2016 and has yet to acquire s typical H-L name. Owned previously by Southern Ship Management Co SA, I believe its entry into the H-L fleet is a result of the merger with CSAV, the large Chilean shipowning company that now controls Hapag-Lloyd. Since January 2015 it has been operating from Southeast Asia via the Med to Europe. Prior to that it was operating largely within Asia for several years.

However as an (old) post-Panamax ship it could now transit the Panama Canal.

Of the 11 ships on the AZX service, the average capacity is 6713 TEU placing this ship in the middle. The three OOCL ships are lowest at 5888 TEU and the four H-Ls are 7506 TEU.  Two remaining two are charters, Maule at 6589 and Performance at 6402.

Since the G6 Alliance is due to expire in April, there will many changes in the roster of ships to come. and this one may find another place in the Hapag-Lloyd world.


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