New-Built M/V Seaboard Pacific Enters Fleet
February 17, 2010
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The newly built M/V Seaboard Pacific (“Pacific”), which is now the largest ship in the Seaboard Marine fleet, passed through the Panama Canal on February 13, and safely arrived this morning at the Port of Miami.
Built at the Shandong Huanghai Shipbuilding Company in China, the multi-purpose ship has a nominal intake of 1,571 TEUs. The Pacific is presently carrying a mix of 571 new containers of various types and lengths that will soon be absorbed into Seaboard Marine’s container fleet. With a deadweight of 26,500 metric tons, the Pacific has three cargo cranes with two of the cranes have a lifting capacity of 120 metric tons each (240 metric tons combined). Besides a flexible tweendeck configuration that will allow for a variety of heavy cargoes and containers, the relatively low draft (9.5 meters) for a vessel of its size will allow for berthing the Pacific in a broad scope of ports that have draft restrictions.
Edward Gonzalez, Seaboard Marine President said, “With strong cranes and over 100 refrigerated plugs, Seaboard can handle a variety of cargo types with this fuel efficient new vessel. The customers in our Peru and Chile service, which is where the M/V Seaboard Pacific will initially be based, will appreciate the excellent characteristics of this ship. We have also secured a sister vessel, the M/V Seaboard Chile, which will be launched from the same shipyard in late March plus two more identical vessels later in the summer. Having four of these faster and larger vessels, all new, will increase the capacity of our West Coast of South America Service."