Sunday, 17 December 2017
If you look closely at the *hand-painted* name on the bows, you can see it is a bit wobbly. The vessel ordered up new lettering to be applied (by some kind of stencil, I assume- like the name on the stern) at a previous port, but when the stencilled letters arrived and the crew began to apply them on the bows, they were too big and would not fit, due to the long length of the ship's new name. Plan B was implemented - get the crew to hand paint the name. It took two full days for them to do it. Info from the C/O.
16/12/2017, Port of Felixstowe, England.
Built in 2012 by Jiangsu Rongcheng, Rugao, China (1101)
75,015 g.t., 84,660 dwt., & 6,552 teu, as:
'HS Paris' to 23/10/2017 and
'President Cleveland' since.
Changed ownership in October this year from (ultimately) a German bank to Neptune Orient LInes of Singapore but remaining on CMA CGM Charter.
Vessel had a recent run of bad luck including a devastating main engine, very high pressure (800 Bar) fuel oil leak while at full sea speed on 22/10/217 - the **day* before the vessel was sold and to be inspected by the new owners. Large amounts of fuel was 'sprayed' around the engine room from the upper exhaust valve platform, and luckily did not catch fire, but which required a huge clean up.
CMA CGM Charter and deployed on their 'NCLEVANT' service - i.e. NW Europe to Eastern Mediterranean.
Port rotation: Felixstowe –Antwerp – Hamburg – Tangier Med - Marsaxlokk – Alexandria – Beirut – Iskenderun – Mersin – Port Said E – Salerno – Algeciras – Felixstowe.