Tuesday, April 14, 2020

CMA CGM A. Lincoln - new largest

The record for largest container ship in Halifax was last set March 21 of this year with the arrival of CMA CGM T. Jefferson.


That 14,414 TEU ship was the first of its class to call here, and today another arrived. CMA CGM A. Lincoln was also built in 2017 by Hyundai, Ulsan and (remarkably) comes in with the same grt of 140,872. It has a slightly large dwt of 148,992 dwt (compared to the Jefferson's 147,966), so I guess that makes today's ship the new record holder, all other things being equal.

CMA CGM are the owners, since 2016, of Neptune Orient Line, the Singapore based parent of APL. APL, aka American President Lines, was the name given to a new company started by the US government in 1938 when it took over the Dollar Steamship Co. A major player in the trans Pacific mail, passenger and freight business, Dollar was in serious financial trouble after the death of its founder.

Robert Dollar, born  in Scotland, came to Canada as a child, built up a sawmill business then a shipping business to sell the product in China. He purchased ships built under the US government's World War I shipbuilding program, naming them after US presidents, and eventually won the lucrative mail contracts.

American President Lines was privatized again in the early 1950s and became one of the pioneering container companies at sea and on land by its early adoption of double stack rail cars. In 1997 Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) bought the company and in 2009 moved its headquarters from San Francisco to Singapore. CMA CGM increased its share of the company to more than 90% in 2016.

I regret that circumstances beyond my control mean that there is no photo accompanying this post.


No comments:

Post a Comment