Safmarine names first new ship for African trades
May 10, 2004
THE FIRST of three new Safmarine container ships under construction in Germany, was named on Saturday (8 May 2004) by Ann Boyd, wife of Safmarine CEO, Howard Boyd.
Safmarine’s latest vessel, and incidentally the first newbuild in more than 10 years, was named Safmarine Cameroun. The 2,100-TEU ship, which is equipped with reefer plugs to power refrigerated containers, will enter service on Safmarine’s Europe – West Africa trade following sea trials later this month.
Safmarine Cameroun is geared and specially designed to accommodate the length and draft restrictions of a number of West African ports. The ship, the first of three new vessels for this trade – the balance are due for delivery later this year – was built under controlled climatic conditions in the ultra modern Volkswerft Stralsund shipyard.
“The Safmarine Cameroun and her two sister ships are relatively wide, short and shallow and are specifically designed for the river conditions found in many African ports,” says Ivan Heesom-Green, Liner Director and CEO-designate.
He explained that the ship’s wider dimensions provides for improved access to containers and increased flexibility, both in terms of container loading and unloading and when planning the stowage of a vessel.
“Today’s naming marks a significant milestone in the history of Safmarine,” said Howard Boyd, Safmarine’s CEO. “This vessel is the first newly-built Safmarine container ship in more than 10 years and the first to be purchased by Safmarine since the company became part of the AP Moller-Maersk Group five years ago.”
As a further investment in the trade with Africa, Safmarine will also be replacing its ‘Big White’ container ships on the Europe – South Africa service. The first of the new ships will enter service during December 2004.