“Neptune Galene” delivered from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard
The vessel flies the Greek flag
Greek-based Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing Enterprises S.A. has delivered on February 6th, 2014, “Neptune Galene”, a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC), built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, in a special ceremony in Ulsan, South Korea in the presence of Greek Minister of Shipping Mr. Miltiadis Varvitsiotis; President and CEO of EUKOR Car Carriers, Mr. Craig Jasienski; and Managing Director, Global Head Shipping of HSH Nordbank, Mr Ingmar Loges. The vessel flies the Greek flag.
M/V Neptune Galene, a vessel of 31,000 sq. m. carrying capacity, can accommodate about 3,500 cars depending on size and has dimensions of 170 m. length and 28 m. width. Galene is close sister of four previous PCTCs also built at HMD, but is further enhanced with high-end environmental technologies, which result in improved energy efficiency and reduced environmental footprint. She is also equipped with advanced maneuverability characteristics that make her suitable for short sea shipping trade.
The newbuilding’s sponsor is Ms Ioanna Papadopoulos, President and CEO of E.J. Papadopoulos S.A., Biscuit & Food Products Manufacturing Company.
Neptune Lines Managing Director Ms. Melina Travlos mentioned: “For us Greeks, the sea is our home and sea trade is closely linked to our history. Neptune Lines is a leading operator in short sea transportation, serving more than 30 ports in 17 countries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, carrying more than 800,000 units annually. Today, I feel especially proud as “Galene”, along with all Neptune vessels, will proudly represent the only Greek Liner Company operating a fleet of car-carriers”.
Greek Minister of Shipping and the Aegean Sea Mr. Miltiadis Varvitsiotis noted: "Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing and Travlos family with this investment, not only do they empower their company within a globally very competitive industry, but at the same time they contribute to a growing national capital, to new employment opportunities for Greek seafarers during an economic crisis and to Greece’s increased bargaining power in the international arena."
Neptune Lines is a key player in the car carrier market with an integrated agency network and independently operated car terminals. With the addition of “Galene” the company will operate a fleet of 16 car carriers - 12 of which are company owned-, comprising one of the youngest fleet of PCTCs globally, and providing reliable, flexible and trustworthy services to all major car makers in the world.