The Contship Aurora
, one of three newbuildings being introduced into Contship Containerlines' services in the Europe-Australasia trade lane, has successfully completed sea trials and will enter service on September 16th in Auckland, New
Each of the three new ships will have a container-carrying capacity of 4100 teu,
including 1300 reefer plugs. The large reefer capacity of these ships will significantly enhance Contship Containerlines' ability to carry temperature-sensitive cargoes.
"With more than a quarter of their total capacity dedicated to reefer cargoes,
the new ships are a clear sign of our commitment to invest in the Contship
Containerlines brand. In particular, they give further impetus to the
development of our northbound reefer activities from Australia and New Zealand
says David Halliday, Senior Vice President of CP Ships' Australasia and Asia
The new ships will replace tonnage deployed in Contship Containerlines' Eagle
service between Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The retonnaging will also allow Contship Containerlines to restructure the additional services that it operates in this trade.
This new system will see five existing services replaced by two contra-rotating
round-the-world strings. Both strings will operate a fixed day weekly schedule,
one sailing eastbound the other westbound.
The eastbound string will sail out from Europe
to Australasia via the Suez
Canal, returning via the Panama Canal and the East Coast of the USA. In total
ten newbuildings operated by Contship and its partners in the trade will be
deployed in this string. Three will be provided by Contship, including Contship
Within the westbound string, which will also sail weekly, ships will sail from
Europe to the Pacific Islands and Australasia via the Panama Canal, returning
via South East Asia and the Suez Canal. Twelve ships of 2,200 teu average
capacity will be deployed in this string with three provided by Contship.
Final port rotations for each string are still being concluded and further
announcements will be made in the near future.
"The Contship Aurora is the first of three new ships that will underscore our
long-term commitment to trade between Australia, New Zealand and Europe," added
"They will be the first newbuildings, purchased by CP Ships to be deployed under
the Contship Containerlines brand. By a considerable margin, they will be the
largest ships that have been deployed under the Contship Containerlines' brand
in any of its multiple trade lanes."