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P&O Maritime Logistics modifies vessels to carry containers

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In the latest of a growing number of solutions to meet the containership capacity crunch P&O Maritime Logistics is entering the boxshipping market with modified multi-purpose vessels.

Dubai-headquartered P&O Maritime Logistics recently completed what it says is the first ever modification of a multi-carrying vessel (MCV) to carry container stacks.

A fleet MCVs originally designed to carry project cargoes such as wind turbine blades is being modified to carry twenty, forty, and forty-five-foot containers. The company sees the vessels as ideal for low volume, high frequency shortsea routes and inland river transport.

Martin Helweg, CEO of P&O Maritime Logistics said: “As global supply chains have been stretched in recent years, we are entering the container carrying market to help provide additional capacity in the lower-volume, higher-frequency routes. With five more vessels slated to enter the containerised market, we’ll soon be servicing niche trade lanes stretching from the Americas to Southeast Asia.

“We’ll be working closely with our parent company DP World in rolling out of containerised service, beginning with fellow DP World-owned company shortsea feeder service provider, Unifeeder.”

The move by P&O Maritime Logistics is the latest attempt to address the lack of supply in the container shipping market which also seen containers transported in bulk carriers and on general cargoships.