CNR Completes Conversion Of Third Containership In Hellenic Lines Program

Hellenic Lines Ltd. moved toward completion of its pacemaking $320-million modernization program with the recent commissioning of the M/V Hellenic Wave, the third of four Prideclass vessels being converted to fully cellularized containerships by Cantieri Navali Rinuiti, S.p.A., Palermo, Italy.

The Hellenic Wave will be added to the U.K., Continent/Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Indian subcontinent service joining the M/V Hellenic Faith and the M/V Hellenic Sea which were also converted by the shipyard.

The Hellenic Wave is one of six conventional Pride-class ships originally built for Hellenic Lines in Finland. By replacing hatches one through four with a fully cellularized mid-body section, the ship will achieve a container capacity of 1,200 TEUs while maintaining a speed of 17 knots.

The new mid-body section is 6 meters wider than the bow and stern and has enabled the conversion to be successfully completed without the addition of solid bal- last normally needed to ensure stability. Internally, the bow and stern sections have also been converted to accommodate containers.

The existing superstructure has been lifted and an additional level inserted adding 2.5 meters of extra height to the bridge for better visibility. The vessel has self-polishing hull paint and a new forward mast complete with watch nest. It is outfitted with s p e c i a l l y c o n s t r u c t e d Navire swing seal hatch covers for completely independent hatch cover removal. The overall ship's length is 191.16 meters with a deadweight of 21,250 metric tons.

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