Maritime Friendship (pictured) was detained at Port
Chalmers in November 2003 when deck cargo stanchions were
found to be rotten. A deck crane later collapsed. Photo by
Following the announcement that Maersk and Hamburg-Sud
would be pulling out of Timaru, Bahia Castillo closed this link
with their joint service to the east coast of North America a
But now the Mediterranean Shipping Company has started
MSC Monica left here for Timaru on September 22, and
last Thursday MSC Brasilia also departed for the same
port to inaugurate weekly calls on the Capricorn service.
The next ships scheduled to call here on this service are
first-time visitors, the chartered Komodo and the
MSC-owned MSC Jenny. Both were built for service with
companies associated with their South Korean shipbuilders.
Komodo is a 37,134gt, 242.81m-long vessel designed to
carry 2932teu and operate at a speed of 22.5 knots. The ship
has been registered to the ownership of Appleton Navigation
SA since being bought by the Danaos Shipping group, of
Piraeus, 12 years ago.
The ship was built at Pusan by Hanjin Heavy Industries for
the Hanjin Shipping Co. It entered service in August 1991
under the name Hanjin Elizabeth. This name was
retained when it was sold to Danaos and chartered back by
From 2003-10, the ship was on charter to CMA CGM as CMA
The ship then served as Shenzhen Dragon before
receiving its present name last year.
MSC Jenny is a slightly longer 244.74m vessel of
39,990gt, with a capacity for 3016teu and a speed of 22.7
knots. As Hyundai Commander, the ship was delivered on
July 14, 1988 by the Ulsan yard of Hyundai Heavy Industries
for service with the Hyundai Merchant Marine Co.
The vessel traded under that name until 2000, when it was
chartered out to Japan's NYK group as NYK Pride. In
2004, it reverted to its former name for a brief period
before joining the MSC fleet. MSC Jenny is registered
at Panama to the nominal ownership of Compania Naviera Jenny
It is a sister ship to MSC Clementina, which made four
visits over a five-month period starting last November. The
two newcomers will bring the number of visits to 398 from 57
owned or chartered vessels since MSC first started calling
here in March 2006.
After a break approaching four years, the International
Maritime Carriers group (IMC) was represented here again last
week when Maritime Fortune called at Beach St for
Registered at Singapore to the ownership of the Wellbeing
Navigation Co Pte Ltd, this 19,728gt vessel was delivered on
October 27, 2010, from the Chengxi shipyard in Jiangyin.
The previous visitor, Maritime Coaction, made a brief
visit to the same berth on January 18, 2009, to unload its
deck cargo of wind turbine equipment.
But the visit of Maritime Friendship, its last log
ship to call, received much publicity when it was detained in
The 1984-built vessel arrived on November 18, 2003, to load
logs for Inchon.
Upon inspection, it was found that stanchions fitted on
either side to support the deck cargo were rotten and had to
be replaced. Then, to make matters worse, the No 2 deck crane
collapsed before the ship's departure on December 1.
The company, co-founded in Hong Kong in 1949 by Frank Tsao as
the Great Southern Shipping Co, was restructured as IMC in
1966. It was based at Hong Kong until 1991, when the
headquarters were moved to Singapore.
Although they have not been regular visitors, 13 units of the
fleet with their Maritime names have berthed in the lower and
upper harbour since April 1972.
Other affiliated members of the IMC group include
AuroraTankers and another bulk carrier division, both based
at Port Kelang. Selendang is used as the prefix for naming
One of these vessels, Selendang Kasa, introduced the
Malaysian flag to this harbour when it berthed at Port
Chalmers on November 1, 1998 to load logs.
Its sister ship, Selendang Mayang, followed in 1999
with three calls at Ravensbourne.
Both were 18,507gt vessels built by the Hudong yard in
Shanghai in 1997.