Briese completes newbuild series of Bangkokmax ships

Caption: The "Panay" is the third of six container ship newbuildings from China for Briese

With the delivery of the “Hooge”, the Briese shipping company has completed its newbuilding program for Bangkokmax container ships.

The Chinese Huanghai shipyard has delivered the container ship “Hooge” (1,781 TEU) to the Leer-based shipping company. The new ship will be chartered by Hapag-Lloyd on an unscheduled voyage across the Pacific to the west coast of Central and South America. [ds_preview]

The Bangkokmax freighter is the last of six sister ships that Briese had ordered in China. The type ship was the “Mindoro“, followed by the “Siargo”, “Samal”, “Helgoland” and “Langeness”.

Twelve newbuildings for Briese’s container fleet

The Leer-based shipping company, which is managed by Wilke Briese and Frank Dreyer, has ordered a total of twelve new container ships, all of which are named after islands. In addition to six units of the Sdari design from Huanghai, there are a further six Wenchong 1900 ships built by the Guangzhou Wenchong shipyard, which belongs to the CSSC Group. This sextet bears the names “Panay“, “Baltrum”, “Palawan”, “Cebu”, “Norderney” and “Borkum”.

The new “Hooge” is 171.99 m long and 28.40 m wide (eleven rows) and has space for 300 reefer containers. Powered by a MANB&W main engine with an output of 11,800 kW, the ship can reach a service speed of up to 18.5 knots.

Briese Schiffahrt, based in Leer, is an owner and operator of multipurpose and heavy-lift tonnage, but also manages a number of smaller and medium-sized container ships. Following numerous sales, the company was on the verge of exiting the container business, but has since increased its fleet again to 15 units.

In addition to the twelve new Bangkokmax freighters, the Leer-based company also manages the 1,368 TEU sisters “Wybelsum” and “Petkum” (Weihai 1300) as well as the “Jan” with 1,577 TEU (Imabari 1700).

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