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MV NileDutch Dordrecht Naming Ceremony

The naming ceremony of the second of four NileDutch new build vessels, the MV NileDutch Dordrecht, was held on 23 January 2015 at PSA Singapore Terminals.

Eva Jongschaap, spouse of Jan Jongschaap, one of NileDutch’s founders, was the ship's godmother. The ceremony was attended by representative of the Dutch embassy in Singapore, port authorities and NileDutch business partners and customers. NileDutch is expanding its fleet with four custom-designed container vessels to offer an improved service to key markets in West Africa. These vessels will be registered in the Netherlands and fly the Dutch flag.

Vessel design optimised for West Africa
The dimensions and deck equipment of the four new vessels are tailored to the ports they will serve in West Africa. This will enable NileDutch to serve this key market even better. Each vessel has a capacity of 3510 TEU (1530 in the holds and 1980 on the hatch covers). The efficient 20,000 kW engines will ensure operational efficiency and a low environmental impact. The vessels have a length over all of 224 metres, beam (width) of 34.8 metres and draft of 12.5 metres. The other two vessels will be delivered later this year. The new builds will operate on NileDutch's busy West Africa - Far East rotation.

About NileDutch
NileDutch Africa Line BV is one of the world's top-25 container shipping companies. The company provides liner services between West African ports and Europe, South Africa, South America and Asia. NileDutch has been operating for over 30 years and has a worldwide office network and a particularly dense network in West Africa. Its local presence and commitment to this region enable NileDutch to respond quickly to market demands and offer an efficient service.

City of Dordrecht
The MV NileDutch Dordrecht was named after Dordrecht, a historic city in the South of the Netherlands. The written history of Dordrecht goes back to 1120, making it the oldest city in the Netherlands. For a long time Dordrecht was an important centre of commerce due to its location on three rivers. Many important events in the history of the Netherlands are connected to the city. Dordrecht has a beautiful historic town centre with many impressive buildings. There is an attractive national park, De Biesbosch, close to the city. The remaining new NileDutch vessels will also be named after European cities.



Naming Ceremony at PSA Singapore Terminals


Eva Jongschaap (ship's godmother), Jan Jongschaap and Captain Kazarin

MV NileDutch Dordrecht