Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dalian Express - big ship in the Narrows, and small ship repairs

Dalian Express ran the Narrows this afternoon in a stiff breeze as it made it way to Fairview Cove. Ably assisted by the tugs Atlantic Willow and Spitfire III (see Tugfax) the ship made quite a sight as it made a seemingly effortless passage.

The Dalian Express was built in 2001 as Hamburg Express by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd in Ulsan. The 88,493 grt, 100,006 dwt ship has a capacity of 7506 TEU (including 700 reefers). It was renamed in 2011 to free up the name for an even bigger Hapag-Lloyd ship. The new Hamburg Express carries in excess of 10,000 TEU.

As a reminder that driving ships is not always trouble free, Nolhanava is still tied up at pier 9c but repairs to its crumpled bridge wing have now begun.

 The crumpled bridge wing as it appeared on the weekend.
By today the damaged portion had been cut off.

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