Chinese yards win German orders
GERMAN owners have ordered new cargo vessels from Chinese shipyards, continuing the drain from home facilities to cheaper yards in Asia.
Lubeck owner Egon Oldendorff has ordered four new conbulkers for delivery between November 1996 and October 1997.
Two 29,500-dwt vessels, 181 metres long and 26 metres wide, with a capacity of 1,200 teus (20 ft equivalent units) are for delivery from Dalian Shipyard in November 1996 and March 1997.
They will each be powered by a 6,400 kw MAN B&W engine type 5850MC developing 14 knots. Dockendale Shipping in Nassau has two of the same types under construction at Dalian.
The other two new ships for Oldendorff have been ordered with the Wuhu Shipyard for delivery in May and October 1997. They are of 20,000 dwt, 900 teus and are each powered by a MAN-B&W main engine type 6L50MC.
Hamburg's MACS Group, meanwhile, has ordered two 30,000-dwt multi-purpose cargo vessels from the Shanghai Shipyard for delivery into South Africa service in 1997.
They are 187 metres long and 26.7 metres wide Tweendeckers, with side heights of 155.5 metres and drawing 11 metres. Powered by 12,480 kw Sulzer-diesels, they develop 17 knots.
The ships are believed destined for the Liberian flag.
One is for the MACS Group concern Amer Lagoon in Hamburg. The other is for owner Purple Beach.