New Seatrade vessel delivers Chilean fruit to Port of Wilmington

03/03/2011 10:57:15 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Courtesy Seatrade

The newest vessel of Seatrade Reefer Chartering, m/v Atlantic Klipper, made its maiden voyage to the U.S. on Feb. 24.

One of the East Coast’s busiest seaports has welcomed the arrival of a new vessel.

The newest vessel of Seatrade Reefer Chartering, m/v Atlantic Klipper, made its maiden voyage to the U.S. on Feb. 24 at the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, Del.

Marking its 60th year, Seatrade specializes in hauling perishable cargo.

Along with several other Seatrade ships, the vessel was chartered by Pacific Seaways, a group of Santiago, Chile, growers and exporters, which transported Chilean fruit from the ports of Caldera, Coquimbo, and Valparaiso to Wilmington. Transport is expected to run December through April.

During the inaugural run, the m/v Atlantic Klipper hauled more than 7,700 pallets of table grapes and stone fruit to North America, according to a news release.

“We congratulate Seatrade on the recent addition of m/v Atlantic Klipper to its reefer fleet,” Gene Bailey, Diamond State Port Corp.’s executive director, said in the news release. “Seatrade’s continued investment in growing their fleet underscores its commitment of service to their customers and to leadership in the very sophisticated transport of high value, perishable cargo on trade lanes throughout the world.”

The Diamond State Port Corp. owns and operates the port.

The ship, which was christened on Feb. 4 in Valparaiso, has a capacity of 5,400 pallets under deck and 247 40-foot-long shipping containers. Up to 200 of the on-deck shipping containers can be refrigerated as well, according to the release.

The ship has two 40 metric ton cranes and two 8 metric ton cranes that allow for a speedy loading or unloading of containers and palletized cargo.

It can reach a maximum speed of 21.5 knots, which helps ensure its cargo arrives to market faster than cargo transported by other ships, according to the release.

The m/v Atlantic Klipper’s sister ship, the m/v Baltic Klipper, was launched in September.



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