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HMM Nuri expected to transit Suez Canal on maiden voyage

SOUTH Korea's 16,000-TEU newbuild HMM Nuri is making its maiden voyage that includes two Suez Canal transits, reports New York's FreightWaves

20 April 2021 - 19:00
SOUTH Korea's 16,000-TEU newbuild HMM Nuri is making its maiden voyage that includes two Suez Canal transits, reports New York's FreightWaves.

HMM said that the Nuri is not slated to arrive in Egypt until April 17, 'so we expect her to transit the Suez Canal without any delay unless there is any special circumstance.'



The HMM Nuri, which departed Ningbo, China, and was due to arrive in Shenzhen-Yantian and is to again transit the canal on May 13 on its return to Asia.



The Nuri is deployed on THE Alliance's Far East-Europe 4 service, embarking from Busan and sailing to Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen-Yantian, Singapore, Suez Canal, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Southampton, Suez Canal, Shenzhen-Yantian; Hong Kong, Shanghai and back to Busan. With port calls and without delays, the entire rotation takes nearly 85 days.



HMM switched from the 2M space-sharing cooperative to join Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming and Ocean Network Express in The Alliance last year.



About 1,200 feet long and more than 167 feet wide, the Nuri is the first of eight HMM-ordered newbuilds with a capacity of 16,000 TEU. All eight containerships, which are being built at the Ulsan, South Korea, shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries, are scheduled to be delivered by the end of the second quarter.



HMM said all eight containerships will be fitted with open-loop scrubber systems embedded with hybrid-ready technology. Selective catalytic reduction technology has been applied to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 80 per cent or more compared to the industry average, according to the South Korean container carrier.



HMM plans to expand its capacity by about 1 million TEU by next year. Last year it launched 12 of the world's largest 24,000-TEU container ships.


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