Meratus Line buys its biggest boxships to date

Meratus Line, an Indonesian domestic carrier, has bought its largest boxships to date. The line bought a pair of 2,474 teu ships – Kanaga Island and Elba Island – from Hamburg-based Soundview Maritime for an en bloc price reported by Alphaliner of $13m. The ships have been renamed Meratus Jayakarta and Meratus Jayawijaya. Previously the Indonesian company’s biggest ship was the 2,105 teu Meratus Jayapura.

The latest ships to Meratus fleet were built in Germany and feature three cranes of 45 tons on each ship with 420 reefer plugs.

Meratus Line is one of Indonesia’s leading domestic container carriers. The two new ships will bring its fleet to 52 ships ranging from 170 to 2,474 teu, totalling 37,000 teu

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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