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On a Freighter Even the Routine is Extraordinary
And the Destinations are Some of the Most Exotic in the World

[Seaworthy News Nr 684, May 2017]     

2016 was a stormy year for the shipping industry, defined by overcapacity and low freight rates. However, container shipping markets have been recovering gradually since Hanjin, one of the largest carriers, collapsed last September.

Struggle still continues by restructuring and creating new alliances, particularly on the world’s number one and two trade routes: Asia-North America and Asia-Europe.

Currently, we lost one transpacific passenger service, and got the following two:


North Pacific

The CMA CGM Fidelio, Medea and Rigoletto sail approx. every two weeks:
       Seattle, WA (Day 1); Vancouver, BC (2); Yokohama, Japan (17); Yantian (23), Xiamen (24), Ningbo (26) and Shanghai (28), all in China; Pusan, Korea (30); transpacific back to Seattle (42).
       The CMA CGM fact sheet Columbus PNW

The CMA CGM Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington sail approx. every two weeks:
       Los Angeles (Day 1) and Oakland, CA (5); Fuking (22), Nansha (23), Honk Kong (24), Yantian (25) and Xiamen, China (27), back to Los Angeles (42).
       The CMA CGM fact sheet Pearl River


Vessel Details
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Passengers: 10 / 12
Containers: 9,400 / 14,400
Deadweight: 114 / 149,000 tons
Length: 349 / 365 m
Built: 2006 / 2017
Speed: 25 / 21 knots
Officers & Crew: French/Int’l
Owners: CMA CGM, French


A combination of double bed, twin-bedded (sitting-room picture above) and single cabins (picture below), all located on the upper decks with forward or side views - EUR €110-€130 per person double, €120-€150 single occupancy.

The following excerpts are from a first-hand passenger story, traveling on one of the sisterships:
       "... I get a nice big, modern cabin, with lots of storage space, two comfortable beds, a sofa, desk and spacious bathroom and toilet. This is just like a really good hotel room. After unpacking my belongings, I proceed downstairs to the combined officers’ and passengers’ mess for breakfast. The ‘mess’ is bright and airy, beautifully furnished and cozy, with a view over the stern overlooking the ocean ...

Back in my room I suddenly see a container sailing by outside my window! I look out totally fascinated. I can see a number of huge cranes lifting the giant containers, one after the other, with incredible precision. Insect-size men are moving around looking after the cargo high up in the air. They seem to be totally unconcerned about the height and the feverish activity. It all happens quickly and efficiently ...



Travelling along China’s coast now, it is beautiful with the mountainous horizon through the light clouds. My fellow passenger, a pleasant interesting person who, like me, also enjoys some time alone in a pretty scenery ...
       During the afternoon we take a walk around the ship, about 700 metres. We do this 4 times. It is necessary to get some exercise especially with all the delicious food we get here! The mist has disappeared and, hopefully we will get some sunshine. When I come back to my cabin, I find a message on my door; the Captain is serving champagne in the officers’ mess before lunch! A dozen young officers enter, one after the other, into the long beautifully decorated room. We are also served small appetizers whilst we mingle together ...
       I go out for some more walks to compensate for the massive meal. Fortunately dinner is a bit lighter and my hunger has had little time to develop! We sit at the dining table for a while longer and become rather philosophical, sipping another glass of rosč wine ...
       The ship is sailing slowly into the Hong Kong harbor and as we get closer, the boat traffic increases. There are boats and ships of all kinds, everywhere. Even a small sailing boat is daring to join in. Brave one! We eat a light lunch and take a tour around the harbour for 2 1/2 hours. What an amazing city. The architecture and the atmosphere! I am totally fascinated and hope to return one day ..."


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South Pacific

The Ever Chivalry, Conquest
and Ital Contessa


Sailing approx. every three weeks: Manzanillo, Mexico (Day 1); Buenaventura, Colombia (5); Callao, Peru (10); San Antonio, Chile (15); Callao, 2nd call (21); Manzanilo, 2nd call (27); Kaohsiung, Taiwan (46); Yantian (48), Hong Kong (49), Ningbo (52) and Shanghai/YS, China (53); transpacific back to Manzanillo (70).

Vessel Details
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Passengers: 5
Containers: 8,100 TEU
Deadweight: 100,949 tons
Length: 333 met
Speed: 25 knots (45 km)
Built: 2004-5
Officers/Crew: German & Int’l
Owners: NSB, Germany
Charterers: Evergreen and
Italia Line

Two 40 sqm double bed suites (located on the 7th deck, front- and side-facing), each consisting of a bedroom (bed size 2.00 x 1.80 m), separate sitting room and private facilities with shower - (Euro) €95 per person, per day, €110 single occupancy.
       One 20 sqm single cabin (bed size 2.00 x 1.20 m), located on the 8th deck aft and side facing, includes private facilities with shower - €90 per day.



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