Saturday, September 30, 2017

Camellia for Maersk / CMA CGM

The replacement for the ill fated Maersk Pembroke [see September 26] arrived today on the eastbound leg of its first trip. Camellia is a comparable sized ship to the one it replaces on the Maersk / CMA CGM / NYK transatlantic service. [The service is called Canada Express by Maersk, St-Laurent 1 by CMA CGM and CAX by NYK.]

Camellia outbound, carries a plain white funnel with no visible owner identification.

Built in 2006 by Hyundai Mipo, Ulsan, it is a Hyundai 2800 type standard ship of 27,779 grt, 39,000 dwt with a cpacity of 2824 TEU. It was delivered as CMA CGM Camellia, renamed CAMELLIA in 2008 and CMA CGM Colibris in 2016. It became Camellia again August 1, 2017. It has apparently now been chartered by Maersk. Ownership identification is a tricky proposition with this charter, since the registered owner is a one ship company called Two Armania Shipping Ltd, registered in Hong Kong, but giving an address c/o of its managers in Limassol, Cyprus. Ship managers were Marlow Ship Management Deutschland of Hamburg, part of the large Marlow Group, also based in Limassol, but controlled from Germany. Earlier this month Marlow and Columbia Navigation were given permission to merge. The new Columbia Marlow is now the third largest ship management company in the world with about 500 ships under direct management and another 1,000 ships under crew management.

Camellia joins Maersk Palermo, Maersk Penang and  EM Kea on the four ship rotation with weekly eastbound calls in Halifax with Montreal as the Canadian terminal port.


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