Due yesterday, newcomer ACX Diamond, the vessel that has
replaced Hakone in NYK's Japan-New Zealand service, only
entered the water when it was launched a year ago tomorrow.
The name Portland Bay is associated with the largest visiting
container ship, a vessel whose colourful career saw it make
43 calls here under four names.
Basel, situated on the River Rhine, is Switzerland's second
largest city, the capital of the German-speaking canton
Basel-Town, the country's largest railway junction and its
only river port.
Seldom do we see three tankers arriving at Dunedin within
four days of each other.
The first foreign flag tanker to call here this year, the
Panama registered STX Ace 7, makes its maiden visit to
Diamond Princess, in port on Waitangi Day, along with Asuka
II and Amadea, both due this week, have something in common.
Since making its first appearance here on December 31, 2000,
NYK's 35,309gt, 1786TEU container ship Hakone has become a
In recent weeks a number of older container ships are
reported as having been sold for demolition.
MSC Krittika, here last week, and MSC Jemima, due next
weekend, are newcomers whose careers have followed similar
courses. They are employed on the Europe/Capricorn, Singapore
hub service of the Mediterranean Shipping Company.
It is a scene that is not seen here very often, but last
Saturday two record breakers, Millennium on its third visit
and newcomer Albany Pioneer, were berthed opposite each other
at Port Chalmers.
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