Christening of 2,500 TEU container vessel Thomas Mann, the largest and most sophisticated newbuild containership in Jurong Shipyard

Singapore, Nov 04, 2003

Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine, announces today the christening of the S$55 million “Thomas Mann”, a 2,500 TEU container vessel.

The newbuild containership will be christened “Thomas Mann” this morning by Lady Sponsor Mrs Betsy Schluter, wife of Mr Jens-Peter Schluter, Chairman of Reederei Schluter (RKS), in Jurong Shipyard.

Owned by RKS, the 2,500 TEU Thomas Mann is a proprietary design of Jurong Shipyard. The vessel, measuring 213m x 32.2m x 16.5m, is propelled by a powerful 25,270 KW main engine and has a high speed of 23.0 knots. Equipped with 400 TEU reefer containers, it has a total container-carrying capacity of 2,586 TEU, with the ability to accommodate 1,628 TEU on deck and 958 TEU in the cargo holds. The vessel’s design is a significant improvement over Jurong Shipyard’s previous series of 831 TEU and 1,078 TEU container vessels.

Mr Wong Weng Sun, Executive Director of Jurong Shipyard, said, “Thomas Mann is the largest and most sophisticated containership the yard has built to date. This successful newbuilding marks the first in our series of high capacity vessels in the 2,500 TEU range, which are custom-designed for quality, durability and speed. It is a testimony of our strong design and shipbuilding capabilities.”

Mr Jens-Peter Schluter, Chairman of RKS, said, “We are very pleased with Thomas Mann, as its 2,500 TEU design fulfills our high-performance standards. With its large capacity and fast speed, this high-specification carrier will be an important addition to our fleet. We would like to commend the Jurong Shipyard team for their professionalism and a job well done.”

Thomas Mann is the first of two RKS-owned 2,500 TEU container vessels built by Jurong Shipyard. The second unit is currently under construction in the Shipyard and is scheduled for delivery in October 2004.

Scheduled for delivery by the end of November 2003, Thomas Mann will be deployed on a two-year charter to Evergreen Marine Corp, a Taiwanese shipping company, for service along the China-Adriatic trade route.

Principal Particulars of “Thomas Mann”

Length overall: 213.0 m
Length between perpendiculars: 32.2 m
Depth to upper deck (moulded): 16.5 m
Draft (moulded, scantling): 11.5 m
Deadweight: about 32,600 dwt
Service speed: 23.0 knots at designed draft at 90% MCR
Container stowage capacity: On deck – 1628 TEU
                                            : In hold – 958 TEU
Total number of containers: 2,586 TEU
No. of cargo holds: 5           
Class: ABS
Registered Ship Owner: Reederei Schluter
Flag: Limassol, Cyprus
Year Built: 2003

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About Jurong Shipyard

Jurong Shipyard, a wholly owned subsidiary of SembCorp Marine, is a premier yard in Asia offering innovative marine engineering solutions and services in shipbuilding, ship repair, ship conversion, rig construction, and offshore engineering. Currently, Jurong Shipyard is building the second 2,500 TEU containership for owner Reederei Schluter. It is also constructing four units of 2,600 TEU containerships for Wan Hai Lines. Other shipbuilding projects completed by Jurong Shipyard include the design and construction of product/chemical tankers of 11,500 dwt, container vessels of 831 TEU and 1,078 TEU, 90,000 dwt tankers, cargo vessels, ocean-going tugs, ice-breaking tugs and cable-laying vessels.

About Reederei Schluter

Reederei Schluter is a long established shipping company based in Rendsburg, Germany. The company manages several small, medium and large-sized vessels, with operations along various trade routes in Europe and Asia. Currently, the company controls a total fleet of 15 container vessels.

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