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Epic RoRo order at Maersk's Odense yard

Epic RoRo order at Maersk's Odense yard

Singapore: Epic Shipping has ordered six new large RoRo vessels from Odense Steel Shipyard, Denmark, part of the A.P Moller-Maersk Group. Four will be delivered in 2009 and the remaining two in 2010.
The six new vessels will each be 3,750 lane metres, with accommodation for 12 drivers, space for 250 trailers, and will be capable of an operational speed of 21.5 knots. They are designed by Flensburger Shipyard of Germany and will be built under license at Odense, normally fully occupied with building containerships for Maersk.

All vessels will be available for charter and will be managed by Meridian Marine, also part of the Epic Group. Three ropax vessels were also recently ordered by Epic from the Visentini yard in Italy. 

Epic Shipping was created in 2004 when the Pacific Basin Group was floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. With its shareholders largely drawn from the origibal shareholders of Pacific Basin, Epic operates lpg tankers, product tankers and ropax ferries for charter.

John Davis, md of Epic Shipping (UK) Ltd commented, 'These six RoRo's are an exciting addition to our fleet and are ideal to trade on many existing routes. We also expect them to generate significant interest for the EU driven 'Motorway of the Sea' project. Many owners/operators are committed to this project, but up to now a lack of suitable tonnage has been a problem.'  [26/06/07]