Visiting her namesake Ė Hual Durban arrives in port

Aug 30, 2004
Author: P&S

The arrival in Durban of the car carrier Hual Durban highlighted the success enjoyed by Norwegian shipping line Hual in South Africa.

A year ago Hual, a subsidiary of Leif Hoegh & Co and one of the top five global car carrier operators, celebrated 10 years on the South Africa service. The companyís ships call regularly at the car terminals in Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth.

Initially Hualís service was a modest one with a single ship call a month from Europe - today this business has grown dramatically as the South African motor industry embraces globalisation. With imports and exports rising so the number of Hual ship calls have increased and currently average between 10 and 12 ship calls each month at the three ports.

Itís perhaps because of this success that one of the latest car carriers to be introduced into service with Hual has been named Hual Durban in honour of the port and city.

The new ship is one of seven new chartered vessels that are being joined by seven other owned newbuildings to enter service for Hual between now and 2007.

The 199.9m long by 32.2m wide Hual Durban arrived at the Durban Car Terminal on Saturday night (28 August). With a deadweight of 18 369t and a beam size enabling her to transit the Panama Canal, the ship has a carrying capacity of 6 100 motor vehicles. She cost approximately USD55 million to build.

Shortly after arrival on Saturday a representative of SA Port Operationsí Durban Car Terminal went on board to present the ship with a plaque commemorating the inaugural visit to the port and city whose name she carries. Also on hand was the ships agent from Freightbulk, a division of Rennieís Ship Agency.

With a relatively small cargo of about 500 motor vehicles for unloading and loading the ship was able to sail at dawn on Sunday morning, bound for Australia and the Far East.

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