27th December 2008, 13:34
Hello everyone, not sure whether anyone read about this:
As well more to come:
MSC Beatrice 9399014
MSC Bettina 9399026
MSC Irene 9399038
MSC Kalina 9399040
MSC Emanuela 9399052
MSC Eva 9401130
MSC Gaia 9401142
27th December 2008, 14:11
I do not read dutch at all but as far as I can make out it is comparing these new builds to the Emma Maersk in size.
With this economic downturn have MSC missed the boat?
They must have had a good payout from the Napoli to afford all those [=D]
27th December 2008, 17:23
The Napoli.. ouch that's mean (EEK)
I am not sure what they are aiming at, however here might be an explanation, a recent article by Lloyds and there is mentioned that MSC might have it a bit easier than other companies as they have many old ships which they can (finally?) put to scrap, and should we say, replace them with more economic ones ?
Global box carriers axe more of their Asia-Europe capacity
Leading trio forced to bow to the inevitable
By Janet Porter andAndrew Spurrier - Wednesday 17 December 2008
THREE of the world’s largest container carriers that had tried to stay aloof from service rationalisation efforts have finally bowed to the inevitable by scaling back their Asia-Europe services as trade growth heads towards zero.
Mediterranean Shipping Co has withdrawn capacity from the route while CMA CGM and China Shipping are axing a recently launched joint service.
The two partners have decided to suspend the FAL4 loop, which they inaugurated in July with eight 9,700 teu vessels.
This is the biggest service cut carried out by CMA CGM since growth in cargo volumes between the Far East and Europe began to slow down. Until now, the group has only admitted to dropping two smaller services, one between Asia and North Africa, and another serving the eastern Mediterranean.
Meanwhile MSC, the world’s number two container line, is suspending its Tiger Service, which was launched five years ago to link Asia with the Black Sea.
The nine 6,500 teu ships now operating on that route will either be returned to owners or redeployed elsewhere in the MSC fleet.
With other services being adjusted to allow for the withdrawal, MSC said it would be reducing weekly space availability on its Asia-Europe services by 2,000 teu. That is thought to be around 5%, and reflects the fact that larger ships are now being phased in on other loops, so leaving the net reduction at less than 6,500 teu a week.
MSC issued a brief statement saying that the suspension of the Tiger Service was in response to the deteriorating trading environment.
Yet just a few weeks ago, senior executives were indicating that there were no plans to follow other lines by withdrawing capacity, and that MSC was continuing to expand as competitors culled their Asia-Europe strings. With several other major carriers making larger capacity cuts, MSC may still be gaining market share.
The line offers five other Asia-Europe services and now has several that are operated with 10 ships, plus one with 11.
Until recently, a standard Asia-Europe loop was run with eight vessels, but with speeds being reduced, that figure has risen to nine or 10.
CMA CGM said yesterday that thesuspension of the FAL4 was part of an industry-wide effort to adapt service networks to changing market conditions, but added that it believed that the Asia-Europe market was now approachingsupply-and-demand equilibrium.
Head of east-west lines Nicolas Sartini noted that 18 services, representing a combined 4m teu, had been withdrawn since August. “It is clear that at one moment or another we are going to return to balance,” he said. “I believe that we are not far from balance at the moment.”
He said that he expected market growth this year to bottom out at “between 0% and 5%”, followed by a “quite soft” first half in 2009 and then the start of recovery in the second half.
But this was only one of several possible scenarios. “We must be cautious,” he warned.
Mr Sartini said that the group had no plans to lay up any of its ships at the moment. It will be using the four 9,700 teu newbuildings it has been operating on the FAL4 to bring forward a planned upgrading of its FAL1 Asia-Europe service.
The 8,500 teu vessels in service on the FAL1 will in turn be switched on to the FAL3, which will give up its six6,500 teu vessels to CMA CGM’s EPIC India-Europe service.
The itinerary of the FAL3 is to be modified to take in the calls at Nansha in China and Zeebrugge in Belgium made by the FAL4. The FAL3 is also to begin calling in Hamburg again after having been switched to Bremerhaven.
“CMA CGM will maintain the same port coverage provided by FAL4 with its other services,” the group said.
The FAL4 came into operation in July, calling at the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Xiamen, Yantian and Nansha before transiting via Port Kelang to the European ports of Zeebrugge, Hamburg and Rotterdam.
CMA CGM had announced plans to create a FAL5 in the autumn of next year, although it has been unwilling to confirm recently that it would be proceeding with the project.
In MSC’s case, port rotations have been adjusted for its five remaining loops so that key markets at both ends continue to be served, while the line said it had also increased feeder coverage in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
The Phoenix service now has 10 ships of 6,500 teu; the Jade service has nine vessels of 9,500-11,500 teu; the Silk Service is run with 10 ships of 9,500 teu; the Dragon service consists of 11 vessels of 8,100 teu; and the Lion Service has 10 vessels ranging in size from 6,500 teu to 8,100 teu.
MSC has a huge orderbook that includes eight ships with nominal capacity of 14,700 teu that are starting to be delivered.
But brokers also say the line has more flexibility than some of its rivals to adjust capacity because of the older tonnage in its fleet that can be sold for scrap.
Containership demolition activity is now picking up, with Maersk Broker expecting the 2008 total to reach 90,000 teu, with another 120,000 teu being deleted in 2009. However, that figure could be revised upwards.
28th December 2008, 05:03
MSC Daniela Vs Emma Maersk
28th December 2008, 11:01
Interesting to note that MSC Daniela is shorter than Emma Maersk, but I read elsewhere that IMO regulations on visibility ( blind spots ) caused her to have her wheelhouse well forward rather than the traditional all aft arrangement.
28th December 2008, 11:17
Good walk on the MSC boat for a meal, unless they have 2 saloons.
4th January 2009, 21:52
I just can say, that you will soon see photos of the ship in service as well, on this site here http://containerinfo.co.ohost.de/ :-)
19th January 2009, 19:32
Photos of her at Valencia now on my site at ....
19th January 2009, 20:41
The photos and the site are great. The ship is an eyesore.
10th February 2009, 13:33
I am employed at "MSC Beatrice" as 1st Engineer,and I can tell you that this is a great ship,almost an island.Real beauty.I am sailing many years and this is a crown over crowns at the end of my cariere. There are still to come more of this vessels,and this is a preparation to sail throught new Panama canal with full speed in near future.Look at the picture of a sister ship "MSC Daniela"a shape created for this task. Powerfull engine,two powerfull bowfhrusters,bridge faraway forward....a dream.
11th February 2009, 15:45
Greetings bvelfl and a warm welcome to SN on your first posting. Enjoy the site. Look forward to your progress in due course. Bon voyage.
26th April 2009, 18:04
More ships of this type are in service now like:
As well CMA CGM is getting their share in this type of ships: