Hellenic Lines Orders Ro/Ro Ships In Japan

Hellenic Lines has placed an order for two 625-foot-long rollon/ roll-off vessels with Japan's Sasebo Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.

Hellenic also has an option for construction of two more roll-on ships at Sasebo.

Each ship will have approximately 10,200 running feet of space and will be able to carry up to 250 forty-foot trailers plus 450 "American" cars, or up to 1,100 twenty-foot containers. The vessels also will have a 23-footwide stern ramp with 160-ton capacity, as well as one ramp and three elevators as internal equipment.

In addition, the ships will be equipped with four twin sets of flush hatch covers that will enable the use of shore-based gantry cranes. The vessels' service speed will be 20.3 knots.

The total investment in the four ships, including ancillary equipment, will exceed $100 million, according to Hellenic Lines.

According to Dimitri Rallis, assistant to Hellenic's general manager P.G. Callimanopulos, scheduled delivery date of the first vessel is May 1978, with deliveries of later vessels expected every two and a half to three months after that. He noted that one prime area for the ships' employment is the Middle East, and said the company is also thinking of using the vessels in the Europe- South Africa trade

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 6,  May 1977

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