• 2018 April 23 11:46

    Vistula Maersk makes a maiden call to St. Petersburg, as first in series of new ice-class vessels

    Seago Line, Maersk’s intra-European short sea carrier, says new vessels are introduced to its North Europe feeder link between Rotterdam, Netherlands and St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Next vessel in series will be Volga Maersk, highlighting Maersk and Seago Line’s commitment to serving the Russian market.

    In the Russian Baltics, where harsh winters and icy waters pose challenges for container shipping, ice-class vessels bring a very important value proposition to the market. Seago Line, the intra-Europe and short-sea carrier within Maersk, has recently taken delivery of Vistula Maersk, the first in its series of vessels purpose-built to serve the North Sea and Baltic Sea. After successful trials, the vessel is now operating on the carrier’s feeder connection between The Netherlands and Russia and has made her maiden call to Petrolesport and First Container Terminal in St. Petersburg on Friday, 20th April 2018.

    “We are truly breaking the ice and offering year-round stable transportation solutions to our customers, who require a reliable service despite weather conditions”, says Seago Line CEO Søren Castbak.

    Vistula will shortly be joined by her sister unit Volga Maersk and these vessels will together be the only two to operate on the North Europe Feeder Link 1 service, ensuring consistency in tonnage and enhanced reliability throughout the year. During the coming months, five other sisters (namely Vayenga Maersk, Venta Maersk, Vuoksi Maersk, Vilnia Maersk and the last one still to be announced) will join Vistula and Volga in enhancing a number of Seago Line services in the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

    The new ships are the world’s largest ice-class container vessels, designed specifically for operation in winter conditions (down to -25 degrees C). Apart from their stronger hull, they are characterised by high refrigerated cargo intake (600 reefer plugs), which is of special importance in the trade where perishables make a large share of cargoes moved. Some of the fresh commodities moved on the short-sea service – and soon to be carried by Vistula and Volga Maersk – include citrus, tomatoes, oranges, potatoes to name a few.

    “This new class of vessels plays a vital role in our strategy of growing with our customers and building on our market leadership position within transport of refrigerated cargo”, adds Søren Castbak.

    In 2017, Moscow Maersk – a next generation Triple-E vessel was added to Maersk Line’s North European fleet. “Vistula and Volga joining Seago Line’s fleet will soon be another symbol of our commitment to serving the Russian market and local customers”, says Søren Castbak.

    Vistula Maersk and Volga Maersk will operate on Seago Line’s L16/L01 service, which calls Rotterdam’s APM Terminals 1, Delta Container Terminal and APM Terminals Maasvlakte 2, before calling Port of Ust-Luga and then Petrolesport and First Container Terminal in St. Petersburg.

    About Vistula Maersk:

    Length overall: 200 m

    Beam (breadth): 35.2 m

    Height (above baseline): 56.1 m

    Height (above waterline): 46.1 m

    Draught: 11 m

    Main engine: MAN B&W

    Nominal capacity: 3596 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit)

    Reefer capacity: 600 plugs

    Standard crew: up to 28

    Builder: COSCO Zhoushan Shipyard, China

    Flag state: Denmark

    New ice-class vessels provide significant efficiency improvement per TEU, compared to the vessels they replace which are in the 1,400-1,700 TEU capacity range. Vistula and Volga have sheltered forecastle deck for safe mooring operations in winter conditions and enclosed bridge wings for safe manoeuvring and harbour approach. Their propeller and rudder design has been optimised for lowest fuel consumption. Also, the vessels will use marine diesel fuel which is fully compliant with the Emission Control Area (ECA) rules, established by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

    About Seago Line

    Seago Line is a dedicated intra-European carrier offering short sea and feeder container shipping services in Europe — from the Black Sea through the Mediterranean to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. With more than 40 offices, Seago Line focuses on running an extensive shipping network with high-quality equipment, maintaining operational flexibility and reliability while taking care of its customers. It runs 66 vessels covering more than 70 ports, creating one of the most extensive route networks in the region. Seago Line was established in 2011 and is a fully-owned subsidiary of Maersk Line.




2018 May 21

18:00 IMO continues roll out of new port emissions training
17:35 Preliminary preparation stage for concession on Northern Latitudinal Railway completed
17:08 Two more vessels added to Offshore Fleet of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company
16:40 Oceanographic research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky arrives at port of Messina (Sicily)
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15:00 Marine Recruiting Agency starts implementing a package of educational software for UCL Holding companies
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13:53 Multipurpose Reloading Complex doubles its investments in development
13:27 Financial report of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company receives positive review
12:58 Tallink wins prestigious tourism award at Asia’s biggest tourism fair ITB China
12:29 IMO supported Regional Workshop for Latin-American countries to implement treaties dealing with liability and compensation
11:56 Vladimir Serebrennikov elected as Director General of Arkhangelsk Sea Commercial Port
11:20 FESCO reduces delivery time from Republic of Korea to Russia from 23 to 15 days
10:31 Water Transport newspaper celebrates its centenary on 31 May 2018 at Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library
10:08 MOL starts selling of new "Viable Organism Analyzer" for ballast water
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09:38 NOVATEK creates Maritime Arctic Transport Company
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2018 May 20

09:21 Hapag-Lloyd announces FAK rates from North Europe to Caribbean, Central America and South America West Coast
09:19 EU Ambassadors visit Peru’s largest multipurpose terminal
09:16 SEA\LNG bolsters its knowledge base with the addition of MAN Diesel & Turbo
09:13 Finnlines starts new direct service between Helsinki and Aarhus
09:11 Canadian Coast Guard selects ABS for fleetwide contract

2018 May 19

10:56 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
10:01 CMA CGM announces PSS from Nigeria to India and Vietnam
07:50 Port of Kiel welcomes “Saga Sapphire” maiden visit
07:47 The “GRANDE HALIFAX” christened in Halifax

2018 May 18

18:00 Denis Manturov appointed as the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
17:44 Port of Hamburg posts Q1 2018 results
17:39 Yevgeny Ditrikh appointed as the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation (photo)
17:38 Seaspan accepts delivery of third 10000 TEU SAVER containership in four ship series
17:35 Prosafe extends standstill agreement with Cosco
17:17 Okskaya Sudoverf delivered Belmax 1, first non-self-propelled tank barge of Project ROB20
16:51 Special event on ports at IMO Headquarters will focus on single window, ports and logistics
16:35 Port of Hamburg receives ‘Best Global Seaport’ award
16:05 IMO begins scoping exercise on autonomous vessels
15:42 Brand-new jetty at Rotterdam LBC Tank Terminals ready for vessels
15:40 HELCOM group meets in Riga to discuss nutrients from land-based sources
15:39 Multimillion pound investment continues in Grangemouth, Scotland's premier port
15:38 India benefits from IMO training on port emissions
15:11 Nevsky Shipyard starts sea trials of medium sea tanker of project 23130 (photo)
14:44 Star Marine takes delivery of RAstar 3400 quartet
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13:47 Eniram signs MoU with Arista Shipping to participate in Project Forward for developing new generation of bulk carriers
13:29 Statoil ASA changes name to Equinor ASA
13:00 Cargo turnover at inland water ways of Azov-Don Basin down 12.7% to 606,000 tonnes
12:42 ABS to provide class and certification services for the entire Canadian Coast Guard fleet
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11:35 Huntington Ingalls authenticates keel of submarine Montana (SSN 794)
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11:03 UAE signs MoU with ITF
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2018 May 17

18:05 Technava and Propulsion Analytics join forces for providing management solutions to the shipping industry in Greece and Cyprus