Giant 'Höegh Copenhagen' transports cars direct to Copenhagen

The giant new car carrier 'Höegh Copenhagen', belonging to Höegh Autoliners, arrived at Copenhagen on 17 September at 07.00, and its striking profile dominated the quay, making the feeder vessels alongside it suddenly look very small. Car carriers are normally huge and solid, and 'Höegh Copenhagen' is no exception. It is 228 metres long and has a carrying capacity of approx. 7,805 cars or ceu (car equivalent units).

Cars usually arrive at CMP's Copenhagen terminal on smaller feeder vessels from Rotterdam, Bremerhaven or Newcastle, but brisk demand for Chevrolets on the Danish market has occasioned a port call by Höegh Autoliners’ giant car carrier.

"This trip we offloaded 410 Chevrolets direct from Korea, as well as Nissans from the U.K. and 12 generators, also from the U.K.," says Nils Toftgaard, MD and owner of Esteph International Inc., the ship's local agent in Copenhagen and Denmark.

'Höegh Copenhagen' was launched in December 2009, and this is only her fourth voyage. To mark the ship's first call into Copenhagen, Esteph and the ship's owners organised an on-board reception with guests including representatives from car importers Chevrolet Danmark and Interdan and the ship's Lady Sponsor Lene Buus Schou, married to Søren Schou of APMM, who is also a member of Höegh Autoliners' board.

Following its stopover in the city 'Höegh Copenhagen' will be loaded with European cars and construction equipment destined for the Middle East and Asia. It is possible that this 17 September call will be the only time the ship visits the Danish capital.

"We don't know if it will ever call at Copenhagen again," says Nils Toftgaard.

Norwegian shipowner Höegh Autoliners operated a fleet of around 70 Ro/Ro car carriers in 2008, 47 of which belonged to the company. In 2008 Höegh Autoliners carried approx. 2 million ceu and made almost 3,100 calls into ports around the world.
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