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ELEKTRA during conversion

July 18, 2005

Vietnam yard redelivers car carrier

Vietnam's Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard has redelivered the car carrier M/S ELEKTRA to Wallenius Marine following a conversion that lengthened the vessel by 28 m to 228 m and increased its car carrying capacity to 7,194 vehicles. The vessel was due to arrive in Nagoya, Japan, July 16 , to load a full cargo for Toyota.

The elongation involved adding some 2,400 tonnes of steel to the vessel.

The conversion is the second in a series of five being carried out at the Vietnamese yard. The first vessel, the M/S MIGNON was redelivered on May 3--becoming the largest vessel registered in Sweden on the basis of gross tonnage.

Preliminary dates for the three remaining elongations are: BOHEME, delivery September 8; MANON, start June 16, delivery November 8; UNDINE, start August 16, delivery January 6, 2006.

The five conversions are worth a total $40 million to Hyundai-Vinashin, according to the official Viet Nam News Agency.

The conversion program is taking place in parallel with a newbuilding program at Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering that will see Wallenius take delivery of three 8,000 vehicle PCTC's in late 2007 and early 2008.


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