Arrival of a Rio-class visitor

Shipping enthusiast Ken Dowdall photographs the Rio de Janiero as it arrives yesterday morning.

Built in 2008, the ship is 286.5m long by 40.1m wide, has a draft of 13.5m with a gross tonnage of 73,899 tonnes, and can carry up to 5900 containers/TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units).

It is one of seven Rio-class ships operated by shipping giant Maersk. It will call weekly at Port Chalmers, on the way to Tanjung Pelepas, in Malaysia. The Rio class will replace the Maersk's L-class ships, which are 21m shorter and carry up to 4500 TEUs.

Rio-class ships can arrive at and depart from Port Chalmers on any tide. 

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