Schulte Group takes delivery of MSC ARBATAX (9,403 teu)

The Chinese shipbuilder Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industries, based on Changxing Island near Shanghai, has delivered the 9,403 teu container vessel JOHANNA SCHULTE, the second of six compact wide-beam units for German and Greek non-operating owners Schulte Group and Costamare. The new ship was handed over under the charter name MSC ARBATAX. It follows the series’ lead ship MSC ANTALYA (JUDITH SCHULTE), which was delivered in August.

The MSC ARBATAX is a twin-island design with the bridge located at the one-third forward position. The ship is 299.00m long and 48.20m wide, with a design draft of 14.00m and a deadweight of 111,000 tons.

With a maximum container intake of 9,403 teu and a homogenous intake of 7,100 teu at 14 tons, the vessel offers electricity supply for 1,000 refrigerated containers.

A super long stroke MAN B&W 9S90ME-C9.2 main engine, rated at 52,290 kW (MCR) drives the ship at up to 22 knots. Thanks to an exhaust gas by-pass system, the main engine is capable of super slow steaming down to the speed of 13 knots. The MSC ARBATAX is equipped with high capacity alternative marine power system enabling vessels operation in port on the shore power supply.

MSC schedules already saw the ship assigned to various services, only to postpone the newbuilding’s phase-in again and change the vessel’s assignment. The ship is now believed to start its career with a trip from Asia to South Africa as part of the ‘Ipanema’ service, with further deployment yet to be advised. (MSC frequently uses South Africa related services to position newbuildings from Far Eastern yards to Europe or the ECSA.)

The new ship is named after the small Italian port city of Arbatax, located on the Island of Sardinia.

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