Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Seaspan Takes Delivery of Containership

By Mark Edward Nero

Vancouver, British Columbia-based marine services company Seaspan ULC said March 24 that it has received delivery of a 10,000-TEU containership, MOL Benefactor.

The new containership, which was constructed at Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding Co. in China, is Seaspan’s ninth 10,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containership and its first delivered in 2016.

It’s also the 18th 10,000-TEU vessel using Seaspan’s fuel-efficient SAVER design constructed in China. SAVER is short for Seaspan Action on Vessel Energy Reduction. As the name suggests, the design is geared toward significantly reduced fuel consumption and energy efficiency.

MOL Benefactor, a Hong Kong-flagged vessel that is 337 meters long (1,105 feet) and has a beam of 48 meters (157.4 feet), is expected to soon begin an eight-year, fixed-rate time charter with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, commonly known as MOL.

The ship is the last of a total of five 10,000-TEU SAVER design vessels to be chartered by Seaspan to MOL.

With this delivery, transport company Seaspan now has nine vessels chartered to MOL, and the delivery of MOL Benefactor expands the company’s operating fleet to 86 vessels.