It must go on record as being the smallest number of containers handled at Port Chalmers. Only three containers were unloaded from BBC Volga during the vessel's brief visit to the Beach St berth last Saturday. This newcomer is on a voyage from Matarani, Peru, to Port Kembla.
Last year's shipping movements contained 93 vessel names that appeared here for the first time.
Another larger addition to the Mediterranean Shipping Company's Capricorn-Europe hub service, is MSC Regina, a first-time visitor last Friday.
Latest reports on the fate of Queen Elizabeth 2 indicate that the former iconic Cunarder is still heading for China.
After an eventful career, it is now the end of the line for the cruise ship that used to call here as Sky Princess and Pacific Sky.
The second of three CMA CGM's 16.020TEU giant Explorer-class container ships began its maiden voyage 10 days ago from Pusan.
Back on its second visit last Friday, Mare Phoenicium is one of the larger, chartered vessels that has been calling here recently on the Mediterranean Shipping Company's Capricorn service.
Well, it is all over for another six months after Oosterdam brought a very successful cruise ship season to a close last Friday.
As the season winds down, it was welcome last Saturday to the newest of the cruise ships seen here this season, the maiden-calling Marina.
Major companies had their own naming systems in the past, and still do, but long gone are the days when British liner companies trading to this country used the names of British counties, ports and cities throughout the world and, along with New Zealand interests, Maori names.
It is disappointing this port has been denied a chance to host a final visit by Saga Cruises' Saga Ruby, for this veteran would have afforded an opportunity to see one of the last graceful and classic passenger liners of a past era, one in which ships were built to look like ships.
So far, since last October, Port Otago has been fortunate in enjoying a very successful cruise-ship season. Passengers and crew members from all over the world have called during cruises that have not been marred by serious incidents.
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.
Costa, Cunard, Holland America, P&O, P&O Australia, Princess and Seabourn are brand names that represent cruise ship fleets that have been linked with calls at Dunedin and Port Chalmers.
Recently, after an absence of more than eight years, the container ship Aquitania made its fourth visit since being added to Maersk's Tanjung Pelepas run.
In port last week, to discharge phosphate at Dunedin and then Ravensbourne, was brand-new Maple Amethyst.
Two of the most popular designs now familiar to this harbour are the 2824 TEU container ships built at the Hyundai Mipo yard at Ulsan, and a series of bulk/lumber carriers from Japan's Imabari Shipbuilding group.
Regatta, here for the first time last Saturday, is one of a class of eight sister ships, an ambitious project that ran into financial difficulties before they were all completed and bankrupted their owners, Renaissance Cruises Inc.
Two cruise ships due later this week are Albatros, on its first visit under this name, and Regatta, on its maiden call. They are two of the vessels calling here in what has turned out to be a record cruise-ship season.
It was interesting to see Pacific Dawn and Dawn Princess in port together last Thursday, then Diamond Princess a day later. These three cruise liners illustrate the growth in size of vessels that have represented Princess Cruises locally for just over 11 years.