Second Safmarine ship named
Jan 7, 2005
The second of Safmarine’s two new container ships for the South Africa Europe Container Service (SAECS), which replace the former ‘Big Whites’, was named earlier today at a ceremony held in Odense, Denmark.
Mrs Roswitha Kopke, wife of Christoph Kopke, head of DaimlerChryler’s German Sales Organisation and until recently chairman of the board of DaimlerChrysler South Africa, named the ship Safmarine Nokwanda, a Xhosa name meaning ‘expansion’ when applied to young brides.
The vessel, hull number 195 joins sister ship Safmarine Nomazwe, which arrived in Cape Town this morning on her maiden voyage to South Africa. The new ship has a length of 266 metres, is 37m wide and has a nominal capacity of 3,700TEUs.
Safmarine Nokwanda is powered by an 8-cylinder HSD-Wärtsilä Sulzer diesel engine developing 45,760kW at 102 revolutions per minute and giving the equivalent of 62,200 BHP. The ship, which is registered in Bristol, UK is commanded by Captain Chris Kortum and carries a total crew complement of 15.
The new ship will undergo sea trials before entering service between Northern Europe and South Africa.