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.
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.
Orion, the first of this season's cruise ships to visit the
upper harbour, made its initial appearance here yesterday.
Volendam, the second of the season's cruise ships, makes its
first call here next Friday.
Many of us will remember with affection the conventional
vessels operated by British companies involved in the New
This week I take a look at two maiden callers, Challenge
Premier and Cap Capricorn, and the sale of two former
visitors, Maersk Barcelona and TNT Alltrans.
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