Saturday, 24 October 2009


Although the majority of the Sietas-built container ships have no cargo handling gear of their own, a few are fitted with deck cranes, including this Type 168a ship, BF ESPERANZA. She is the latest vessel to have appeared on the MacAndrews UK/Northwest Continent/Portugal service, and she has a capacity for up to 862 TEU containers. Like many other similar-sized vessels, her hull was built elsewhere, and was launched in 2002 by the Daewoo-Mangalia yard on the Danube, before it was towed to Germany for fitting out. Originally completed as MAERSK FREEPORT, her charter to the Danish company ceased just a few months ago, and she reverted to the name that she was provisionally allocated before completion, as well as losing her Maersk Line livery. The 134.4 metre long vessel, which has a deadweight of 12,386 tonnes, is now on charter to CMA-CGM.