After an absence of 10 years (it was last here on February 6,
2003), the cruiseship Europa, on a world-wide cruise,
will be back on its third visit on Saturday.
This upmarket flagship of the Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship fleet
has berths for 408passengers in 204 suites and carries a crew
of 285. The ship primarily serves German-speaking travellers
By no means big, the vessel was originally rated 28,437gt, a
figure thatincreased to 28,890gt after alterations seven
And like the 2001-built Carnival Spirit that was here
for the first time last Saturday, Europa was also
built at the same Kvaerner Masa yard at Helskinki.
The 198.60m long, ice-strengthened ship was laid down on June
26, 1998, andwas handed over from the builders on September
With a service speed of 21 knots, the diesel-electric vessel
was one of the first commercialvessels in the world to be
fitted with an azimuth, electric-drive propulsion system.
Nassau-registered Europa perpetuated the name of a
former unit of the fleet that visited Port Chalmers on four
occasions from February 16, 1989, toFebruary 2, 1999.
Slightly longer at 199.60m, this was a larger 37,012gt,
758-berth vessel thatserved the company under the German flag
for less than 18 years. The 21-knot twin-screw, diesel vessel
was built at Vegesack by Bremer Vulkan and wascommissioned
into service during December, 1981.
The ship was sold a short time before the present ship
entered service. Insuccession it carried the names
Superstar Europe, Superstar Aries, HolidayDream
and Bleu de France. Twelve months ago it passed to
Saga Cruises, whohave renamed it Saga Sapphire.
Perhaps we might see it here one day, as their oldest vessel,
Saga Ruby, makes its third visit early next month, on
its final round-the-world cruise before being retired.
Meanwhile, Hapag-Lloyd's latest cruise ship, named Europa
2, is nearing completion in France at the STX France
shipyard at St Nazaire. Construction of the vessel, which
will fly the Maltese flag, commenced in September, 2011.
It was floated out of its building dock, last year on July 6,
and is scheduled to make its maiden voyage from Hamburg to
Lisbon on May 11.
Of approximately 35,000gt, the new 225.38m-long cruise ship,
will only have a maximum capacity of 516 berths in 258
The smallest ship in the fleet, the 6752gt, 184-berth
Bremen, built in 1990, comes back for the third time
next month. The only other Hapag-Lloyd cruiseship to come our
way, was the 1997-built C. Columbus. It called at
Dunedin in February, 2009, and again in January, 2012. This
15,067gt, 423-berth vessel was sold out of the fleet last May
and now serves other German interests asHamburg.
After discharging phosphate at Ravensbourne, newcomer
Conti Pyrit moved down to Port Chalmers yesterday to
load logs. At 33,036gt the bulk carrier is the second-largest
visitor to the upper harbour, and is now the largest vessel
toload logs here.
This 189.99m-long vessel has a deadweight capacity of 56,596
tonnes, and is yet another product of the Chinese
shipbuilding industry. Laid down onDecember 20, 2009, and
launched on January 23, 2011, the vessel was completed on May
It was built by the Taizhou Sanfu ShipEngineering Company, a
yard establishedin 1985.
The bulk carrier is the first vessel from the fleet of Conti
ReedereiManagement GmbH to visit this harbour. It has an
average operating speed of 7.5 knots and was first registered
Conti, with headquarters at Munich, was founded in
1970. Today the grouphas a fleet of 107 vessels. Among them
are two gas carriers and smaller vessels used for river
Their core business is centred on bulk carriers and boxships.
The Conti fleetof bulkers numbers 35 units of various class
The largest vessels of the Conti fleetof 67 container ships
are 31 7000TEU models.