On the waterfront

Two recent cargo ships more exotic

For the past 55 years, conventional cargo ships and later container ships operated or owned by major Japanese companies in the Japan-New Zealand liner trade have been all products of the Japanese shipbuilding industry.

New girl in town, ACX 'Diamond'

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.

Familiar name resurfaces at Dunedin harbour

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.

Swiss connection to port visitors

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.

Long-sailing earlier visitors sold for demolition

In recent weeks a number of older container ships are reported as having been sold for demolition.

Four sisters known by many names

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.

Record-breakers both berthed at port

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' turns up in many guises

Orion, the first of this season's cruise ships to visit the upper harbour, made its initial appearance here yesterday.

Cruise ship scheduled to make first of 10 visits

Volendam, the second of the season's cruise ships, makes its first call here next Friday.

Conventional vessels had their day

Many of us will remember with affection the conventional vessels operated by British companies involved in the New Zealand trade.

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