New Big White arrives today

Jan 7, 2005
Author: P&S

Safmarine Nomazwe, the first of two new container ships for Danish/Belgian container line Safmarine, is due in Cape Town today (7 December) on her maiden voyage from Europe.

Joining the South Africa Europe Container Service consortia (SAECS), the new 50,700-gt ship is part of a planned replacement fleet of six ships that will enter service during the following months.

An as-yet unnamed sister vessel also sailing in the Safmarine colours will join Safmarine Nomazwe. A third identical ship, Lars Maersk is already in service with Maersk-Sealand while P&O Nedlloyd will provide two vessels and DAL one.

Safmarine Nomazwe (the name means ‘Bearer of many nations’) was built at the Odense shipyards in Denmark in 2004 and is registered in London. She carries a nominal 3,700 TEUs compared with the 2,700 TEUs of the existing ‘Big White’ fleet, which was built in 1977/78 and is to transfer to Safmarine/Maersk-Sealand’s Safari service between South Africa and the Far East.

The introduction of the new fleet also brings down the curtain on the Conair blown air-cooling system installed on board the older ships, as this system is to be removed before they enter the Safari service. Instead the four ships will each have 275 deck reefer plugs installed.

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