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IHC Merwede, the Netherlands, launched
a new heavy lift vessel for Seaway Heavy
Lifting on August 22 at the IHC Merwede
Offshore & Marine facility in Krimpen
aan den IJssel.
With its 5,000-tonne crane capacity,
the vessel is said to be the largest
monohull heavy lift vessel in the world
and is the largest vessel ever built by
The 'Oleg Strashnov' was designed
for the installation and removal of
offshore platforms, subsea constructions
and special projects.
It is the first vessel that will be moored
at the outfitting quay. This quay has a
total length of 285 metres and is equipped
with a 60-tonne crane and a six-tonne
Heavy lift vessel 'Oleg Strashnov' launched by IHC Merwede
Launch of the world's largest monohull heavy lift vessel 'Oleg Strashnov'
The 'Rio Blanco' was christened on
August 23 in the Port of Hamburg. This
is the fourth new vessel in a series of six
container sister ships built by DSME for
All of them have a slot capacity of
5,900TEU, making them the largest vessels
in the shipping group's fleet.
The naming ceremony for the 'Rio
Blanco' was performed by Nina-Maria
Oetker, the wife of Dr HC August Oetker,
General Partner of Dr August Oetker KG
and Chairman of the Advisory Board of
The 'Rio Blanco' was named after a river
in the region of Valparaíso in central Chile.
The vessel will operate in the shipping
group's Europe-South America East Coast
service, where it has been deployed since
June 2009. By the end of the year the
remaining two new vessels, 'Rio Bravo',
which was delivered late August, and 'Rio
Madeira' (still under construction) are also
to be phased into this service.
The vessels will replace the Monte-class
5,500TEU ships currently employed there,
which will then operate in Hamburg Süd's
Asia -- South Africa/South America East
The 'Rio Blanco' has an overall
length of 286.45 metres, a beam of 40
metres, a maximum draught of 13.5
metres and achieves a maximum speed
of 23 knots with a main engine output
Christening of DSME-built 'Rio Blanco' in Hamburg
Christening 'Rio Blanco', the latest Rio-classed vessel for Hamburg Süd
Denmark-based Maersk's CEO, Nils Smedegaard Andersen,
recently referred to Maersk's US$704 million first half net loss
as part of shipping's "crisis of historic dimensions".
In a reported phone interview with financial site Bloomberg,
Mr Andersen outlined the company's recent performance and
future expectations. The Copenhagen-based company posted a
US$704 million loss in the first six months of 2009 compared
with a net income of US$2.2 billion the year before. Sales fell 14
percent to US$24.4 billion.
A statement posted by the company last week predicted that
second half results would be in line with the first half, meaning
that Maersk may post its first full-year loss in 60 years.
"We've been through a crisis of historic dimensions",
Bloomberg quoted Mr Andersen as saying. "But we've improved
our underlying business by US$1.5 billion through reduced cost
and better use of assets, which will strengthen us after the crisis".
Although he noted that trade was picking up, he added that it
was hard to predict when Maersk would post a profit again.
Maersk Line operates 470 vessels worldwide and owns 1.9
Maersk's "crisis of historic dimensions"
Maersk CEO Nils Smedegaard Andersen
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