Geest North Sea Line will introduce two 804TEU vessels into service in the course of 2004. Wout Pronk, managing director of European shortsea and intermodal specialist Pronk made the announcement during his presentation "Getting closer to the customer", which he was delivering to delegates attending the Short Sea Europe
Intermodal Transport & Logistics 2002 (ITL2002) in Rotterdam.
The vessels will have more than twice the container capacity of those
currently operated by Geest and will be far bigger than anything that has
been used in the North Sea shipping trades before. They have been designed
specifically to carry 45ft and heavy 20ft and 30ft containers and reflect
the company's longterm commitment to the future of European shortsea and
intermodal transport. Once in service, they will operate between Rotterdam
and the UK East Coast.
"Virtually every containership, deepsea or shortsea, is
designed around 20ft and 40ft containers, nowadays with some 45ft
capability, usually on deck. However, the growth of our own 45ft
door-to-door business and increasing volumes of third-party dry bulk and
tank container traffic required
us to look afresh at ship design.
"We have been helped considerably in our search for a
suitable design by Jorg Kopping, a German shipowner with whom we are closely
associated. He has worked tirelessly on this concept, talking to many
shipbuilders. The result is an 804TEU vessel that enables us to cater for
both 45ft containers and our quay/quay customers' heavy tank and bulk
containers - 20 footers, 30 footers, 40 footers and some odd ball sizes in
between - in an optimal way. Kopping is now in the process of ordering
two vessels specifically
for charter to Geest."
Source: HK Law