Last year's shipping movements contained 93 vessel names that
appeared here for the first time. And this year has started
off with two vessels making their maiden visits, container
ship Lobivia last Wednesday and bulk carrier Great
Ocean on Saturday.
And while Lobivia was the first visitor to the harbour
for 2013, the bulk carrier was this year's first visitor to
the upper harbour. After discharging bulk cargo at
Ravensbourne, the vessel is now at Port Chalmers loading the
first shipment of export logs for the year.
Great Ocean is a 22,358gt, 35,153dwt vessel designed
to operate at a service speed of 13.7 knots. Classed with the
Korean Register, it is registered at Panama under the
ownership of the Nobile Line S.A., and is managed by Doriko
Ltd, both of Seoul.
The ship has been in service for little more than a year. It
was launched on April 22, 2011, and completed that year on
The vessel was built at Nanjing by the Nanjing Dongze
Shipyard Company, which was established early in 2005. The
only other product of this yard to call here was the smaller
20,767gt Panama-flagged Pacific Legend, completed on July 23,
2010. This vessel berthed at Dunedin last year on April 22,
to load scrap metal. Owned by the Rubato Line S.A., it was
also managed by Doriko Ltd.
On August 18, 2011, French liner operator CMA CGM introduced
its Anzexs service in which OOCL later became a partner. Like
Hansa Meersburg, the first ship to call, most of the
others employed in the service for varying periods of charter
have been similar 1740TEU units, built from 2007 to last year
by the Guangzhou Wenchong shipyard.
Larger-capacity vessels are being introduced to the service,
with the 2078TEU Lobivia being followed next week by
the 2072TEU Westerems. Both are German-owned vessels
operating under the Liberian flag, and in keeping with common
German practice are owned by single-ship companies that
include the vessels' names.
The pair are geared vessels fitted with three 45-tonne
capacity cranes and have a service speed of 21.5 knots. They
represent two different classes built in Poland by the
Stocznia Gdynia shipyard. Lobivia was delivered on
March 30, 2001, as the third of the B8229 design. An older
vessel, Westerems was completed on April 15, 1997, as
the third of the B8143 type.
The 23,652gt Lobivia is a member of the fleet
controlled by Hermann Dauselberg of Bremen. It has also been
chartered out as Cala Pintado and Fathukhair.
Westerems (23,896gt) hails from the fleet of Hans
Petersen & Soenhe of Rendsburg. Besides operating on
three occasions under this name, the ship has also been known
as Maersk Cordoba, Maersk Novazzano, ANL
Addax, P&O Nedlloyd Horizon and Lykes
The two classes had earlier local links in 2006-08 with
vessels employed in the Hapag-Lloyd Suez loop service.
Lobivia, Canberra Express and Wellington Express are sister
ships, and Westerems is of the same type as Adelaide Express.
So what is in store for this year? Looking back, 2012 turned
out to be an interesting one with 38 container ships entering
this harbour for the first time.
Apart from container operations at Port Chalmers there was
plenty of activity there and at Dunedin's Leith wharf with
export log shipments. While Dunedin's share was 15 shipments
loaded by 14 vessels, Beach St handled 40 loadings from 36
vessels, of which 11 had part-loaded at Dunedin.
Cruise ship seasons always attract considerable interest. It
was unfortunate that when it arrived on February 23, the
newest unit of the Cunard fleet was met with atrocious wet
weather conditions. However, the name Cunard is always a
massive drawcard and spectators did turn out to see the ship
despite the weather.
Over the years, bigger cruise ships have been calling here to
create new port records.
When Voyager of the Seas arrived on November 17, it
became our largest visitor at 137,276gt. And on December 15,
the smaller 121,878gt Celebrity Solstice with an
overall length of 317.19m became our longest visitor.