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Products and solutions, 2004-12-09, 01:00 AM

Launching of the 2,700 TEU Container Ship with the construction number 964 at Blohm + Voss

The 2.700 TEU Container Ship with the construction number 964 built at Blohm + Voss was christened today during a formal ceremony. The role of godmother, who is supposed to protect the ship as the good spirit on all its journeys, was assumed by Lore Uldall. The wife of the Hamburg Senator for Economic Affairs Gunnar Uldall christened the ship with the name COSCO BRISBANE. In the presence of numerous guests of honour as well as employees of Blohm + Voss and their families, the COSCO BRISBANE took the water a short time later to the sound of the German national anthem. Blohm + Voss GmbH, the client GEBAB (Gesellschaft für Konzeption und Betreuung privater Investitionen mbH, Meerbusch) and MARTIME GmbH, the Elsfleth shipping company commissioned with the shipping, had extended an invitation to this occasion.

Dr. Walter Klausmann, Managing Director of Blohm + Voss GmbH, was pleased that the combination of ship`s naming and launch was being celebrated again at Blohm + Voss for the first time in nine years. In his address he thanked everyone who had contributed to the success of the contract and gave above all a word of praise to the workforce of Blohm + Voss for their commitment, flexibility and many years of loyalty to the company.

GEBAB Managing Director Dirk Schildwächter also acknowledged the excellent and reliable collaboration between the client, shipyard and shipping company. He predicted the COSCO BRISBANE an economically successful career in view of the prospering container shipping market.

Blohm + Voss GmbH received the contract for the construction of the 2,700 TEU container ship in November 2003. The COSCO BRISBANE is part of a construction programme for a total of five ships of the same make. The entire order was awarded by GEBAB to the companies of the ThyssenKrupp shipyards. Three ships will be built at the Nordseewerke in Emden and two in Hamburg at Blohm + Voss GmbH. Work on the container ship began in January 2004 and was continued on the shipbuilding slip in April.

The COSCO BRISBANE will set off on its maiden voyage in May 2005.

Overall length 215.45 m
Length between the sounding lines 205.28 m
Width on body 29.80 m
Depth 16.50 m
Strength draught 11.55 m
Construction draught 10.10 m
Load-bearing capacity (T=11.55 m) 37,950 tdw
Container capacity 2,702 TEU
Drive Diesel engine, type MAN/B&W 7L70MC/C
Max. permanent output (MCR) 21,770 kW at108 UPM

Contact:

Blohm + Voss GmbH
Public Relations Dep.
Andrea Wessel
Tel.: +49 (0) 40 3119 1320
Fax: +49 (0) 40 3119 3329
Email: Andrea.Wessel@tkt-blohm.thyssenkrupp.com

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