On Monday 23 August 2021, the first ever direct call of a container vessel of regular transatlantic service took place at Hutchison Ports Gdynia terminal.
The ship, bearing the name Hapag-Lloyd Hella and chartered from July this year from the German shipowner Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG, was loaded with cargos of Polish exporters, which will sail from the Port of Gdynia directly to the ports of North America, a total of about 1400 TEU.
The container ship Hella (IMO No. 9535137; ex MOL Gateway, carrying the flag of Portugal), operated by Hapag-Lloyd, is characterised by an overall length of 275.00 m, a design breadth of 40.00 m, a draught of 14.022 m, a side height of 22.20 m and a height from the stepladder to the top of the highest mast of 57.00 m, as well as a gross tonnage of 59,307 and a deadweight of 71,429 t. The MCR’s 44,900 kW (61,046 hp) main propulsion power gives the vessel an operating speed of up to 23.70 knots.
The vessel’s cargo capacity is 5605 TEU (2215 TEU in holds and 3380 TEU on deck), including 600 refrigerated containers.*
The connection carried out by Hapag-Lloyd and initiated by the call of Hella, gives Polish exporters the opportunity to ship goods directly to the ports of Halifax, New York, Norfolk and Charleston without having to transship from the feeder ship to the ocean-going vessel in Hamburg or Antwerp.The planned rotation of the ship is as follows: Gdynia – Hamburg – Antwerp – London – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Charleston.
In November 2021 Hutchison Ports Gdynia terminal plans to complete the ongoing modernisation of the 85-metre long section of Bulgarian Quay. Thus, the Port of Gdynia will have the first deep-water container quay with a length of 447 m and a technical depth of 15.5 m.
The deep-water part of Bulgarian Quay is equipped with two crane tracks with a spacing of 20 m and 30.38 m, enabling the installation of large container cranes to service direct ocean arrivals. It is the most modern container quay in the Port of Gdynia.
Investments carried out by Hutchison Ports Gdynia and the Port of Gdynia Authority enabled the mentioned first call of the transatlantic service.
Hutchison Ports Gdynia expects that transatlantic service vessels will permanently berth in the Port of Gdynia at Bulgarskie Quay, establishing a regular cargo route between Poland and North America for Polish exporters, thus strengthening the position of the Port of Gdynia on the world’s shipping map.
Hutchison Ports is a division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison), which operates ports and related services. Hutchison Ports is one of the world’s leading port investors, developers and operators with operations in 52 ports across 26 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australia and Oceania. In 2020, the terminals owned by Hutchison Ports handled a total of more than 83 million TEUs.
With a fleet of 250 modern container vessels with a total transport capacity of 1.8 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies. The company has around 13,400 employees and 394 offices in 130 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of around 2.8 million TEU – including one of the largest and most modern reefer container fleets. A total of 121 liner services worldwide provide connections between more than 600 ports on all continents.