Safmarine names third West Africa ship

Oct 4, 2004
Author: P&S

Safmarine Kuramo is the name of the third newbuild to enter service for Safmarine between Europe and West Africa. Mrs Linda Parker, wife of André Parker, SABMiller’s managing director for Africa and Asia, named the 27,545-dwt self-geared container ship at a ceremony at the Volkswerft Stralsund shipyard on Saturday, 2 October.

Like her two sisters Safmarine Cameroun and Safmarine Nimba, Kuramo is designed within the limitations of West African ports, hence the self gear (cranes) and relatively short length and draught.

Each ship has the capacity for 2100-TEU and comes equipped with reefer plugs.

Safmarine says the name is taken from Lake Kuramo on the shore of Victoria Island in the Nigerian capital of Lagos – Nigeria being one of Safmarine’s key markets in West Africa for containerised and breakbulk cargo.

“Customers will benefit from having the services of a state-of-the-art vessel,” said Safmarine CEO, Ivan Heesom-Green at the naming. “Safmarine Kuramo will deliver speed, reliability and special features unique to the needs of those trading to and from West Africa.”

Safmarine Kuramo will undergo sea trials and is expected to enter service later this month.

Safmarine is expected to introduce the first of two new 4500-TEU container ships on the Europe – South Africa service (SAECS) from December, with Maersk Sealand providing a third. Another three will be provided by P&O Nedlloyd (two) and the German line DAL. These ships will replace the famous Big Whites of Safmarine and similar ships in service with P&O Nedlloyd and DAL.

Specifications of Safmarine Kuramo

Deadweight: 27,545 dwt
Draught: 11m
Length overall: 195.5m
Beam: 32.2m
Vessel capacity (nominal): 2100 TEU
Gears (number, swl-tons): 3, 48
Service speed: 20.8 knots

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