Monday, 23 November 2009


Loch Striven is not the only part of the Clyde where Maersk Line is laying up surplus containership tonnage during the current economic and trade recession. Two vessels, smaller than those already laid up in the Argyllshire loch, are being given temporary homes in the Great Harbour at Greenock. The first, MAERSK MARYLAND, arrived in the early hours of Wednesday 18, and moved to the former tank-cleaning berth later that day. MAERSK MARYLAND was built in 1991 in Korea, and initially she was named CMB DOLPHIN. However, when completed, she entered service as IBN JUBAYR, retaining that name until 1997 when she became ENDURANCE. Owned by the American shipping company Farrell Lines, she became a member of the Maersk Line by 2006 through her owner's acquisition by the Danish firm, and was given her current name. Now flying the British flag, MAERSK MARYLAND has a capacity for 1,928 containers, an overall length of 181.4 metres and a deadweight of 31,829 tonnes.