Big ship makes HK call

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 April, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 April, 1995, 12:00am

NYK Procyon, one of the largest containerships built by Japan's Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line), called at Hong Kong on Monday on its maiden voyage to Europe.

The 4,730-teu vessel is the last of three sisterships newly operated by NYK to enter Asia-Europe service.

It also is part of a 17-ship fleet provided by the partnership of NYK and Hapag Lloyd, on two separate strings linking Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea.

The Panama-flagged vessel was delivered on March 24 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

With 60,000 horsepower by a single diesel engine, the 60,117 gross tonne NYK Procyon has a service speed of more than 23 knots.

'This new ship is not just about additional capacity to the service, it also represents the commitment of NYK to serve this major trade lane with modern, fast and efficient vessels,' a company official said.

NYK upgraded its Far East-Europe service last month to provide two calls a week at Hong Kong.