CV Hellenic Cape Delivered To Hellenic By Singapore Yard
Hellenic Lines Limited of Piraeus, Greece, officially christened its new 432-TEU containership, the CV Hellenic Cape, in a ceremony held recently in Singapore. The commissioning of the Hellenic Cape marks the completion of one important phase of Hellenic Lines' vast program of modernization. It is the third of three new fully cellular containerships built to the specifications of Hellenic Lines by Singapore Shipbuilding & Engineering Limited. Like its sisters, the Hellenic Dawn and Hellenic Island, the ship has a capacity of 432 TEUs, and together the three vessels will provide a 13-day frequency on the UK/Continent-Eastern Mediterranean route.
The containerships are part of Hellenic's $320-million expansion program which also includes the purchase of the CV Hellenic Pearl for the line's Sharjah- Karachi/Bombay feeder service, and the conversion of four Prideclass vessels to 1,205-TEU cellular containerships in Palermo, as well as the addition of 20,000 specially built containers. The first of the Pride-class conversions, the Hellenic Faith, was completed in August and will make its maiden voyage to the U.S. this fall.
The CV Hellenic Cape is 399 feet long and has a displacement of 10,500 dwt. Intended for worldwide service, the ship has two cranes enabling her to swiftly and safely load and unload containers and on-deck heavy lift cargo at almost any port in the world, even the most minimally equipped. The ship has two continuous decks with hatch dimensions for 20 and 40-foot containers and interchangeable cells. It is outfitted with specially constructed Navire swing hatch covers for completely independent hatch cover removal.
The hull design incorporates a full flaring stern, a long parallel, midship body, a v-shaped stem with streamlined rudder, and a diesel bow thruster with controllable- pitch propeller. Machinery space and superstructure are aft. Joseph A. Modica, vice president of liner services, speaking on behalf of Gregory Callimanopulos, owner and general manager of Hellenic Lines, introduced Mrs. Jer Dubash, the sponsor of the Hellenic Cape and the wife of Mr. Dubash who has worked with Hellenic in Bombay for 30 years.