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New vessel to be christened on Thames

CLdN Media Release

MS Adeline, the latest addition to CLdN's fleet (click on image to enlarge)
 MS Adeline, the latest addition to CLdN's fleet (click on image to enlarge)

MS Adeline, the latest addition to CLdN’s fleet of ro-ro freight vessels is to be christened in a ceremony held on the River Thames on Friday 26th October.

The 152 metre-long ship was built by the Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in Shimonoseki, Japan. After her launch from the yard, she proceeded to Chengxi Shipyard Co. Ltd, China for the fitting of an additional deck, increasing her overall freight capacity to 2,342 lane metres, enabling the loading of approximately 165 trailers. MS Adeline is the latest of 4 vessels built by the Japanese yard for CLdN with sister vessels Capucine, Severine and Wilhelmine having already joined the fleet in 2012.

Subject to favourable weather conditions on the day, and with a beam of 25.2m, Adeline will sail through Tower Bridge to be christened while moored alongside HMS Belfast. Honorary Chaplain to the Royal Navy, Reverend Gordon Warren is to lead the Christening ceremony from on board the river cruiser Silver Sturgeon, accompanied by the guests of CLdN.

The Luxembourg-headquartered company are also delighted that the Honourable Ms. Alice Walpole, Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, has accepted the role of Godmother to the new ship. The Ambassador will conclude the formal ceremony by naming the ship and breaking a bottle of champagne against the vessel’s hull. Thereafter, Adeline will proceed to CLdN’s Thames hub at C.RO Ports Purfleet, from where the company operate 23 sailings per week to the Netherlands and Belgium.

The 22 owned freight ferries in the CLdN fleet are employed on services between the UK, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. The current services stem from those operated by Cobelfret, which was founded in 1928, and carry everything from parts and materials for the manufacturing industry to consumer goods and finished vehicles for all of the markets mentioned above. Adeline will join the rest of the fleet in helping to ensure that such goods travel in as efficient and environmentally-friendly a manner as possible by replacing road travel with sea voyages.

The CLdN services, and the vessels that operate them have in the past been described as unseen workhorses in the UK economy. However, they have played a key role in helping to
construct some of London’s most iconic new landmarks by carrying construction parts for Wembley Stadium, as well as many of the buildings on the Olympic Park at Stratford, and the stunning Shard tower, which will take a prominent place as part of the backdrop to Adeline’s inauguration.

Speaking ahead of the event, CLdN Managing Director Gary Walker said “Adeline, while not as large as recent additions to the CLdN fleet, clearly demonstrates that a mid-size Ro-Ro ship can still offer operational efficiencies for the freight market”.

Notes to Editors - Group Activities

Ro-Ro Shipping: CLdN Ro-Ro SA, Cobelfret Ferries NV
Sailings linking the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Sweden and Denmark, employing 22 vessels.

Terminals: C.RO Ports
Terminals in London, Killingholme and Sutton Bridge (UK), Zeebrugge (BE), and Rotterdam and Flushing (NL) dedicated to cargo handling and vehicle enhancement.

Door-to-door: CLdN Door-to-Door, Cobelfret Containers, Ge-Ex, Ge-Fresh and 4Global Forwarding
A total of 800 trailers and 3310 containers handling shipments between the UK and Europe.

Container Shipping: CLdN SA
Weekly Lo-Lo services between Zeebrugge (BE), Radicatel (FR) and Dublin (IRE).

Bulk Shipping: Cobelfret Bulk Carriers NV, CLdN Cobelfret SA
Worldwide carriage of raw materials in vessels between 30 000 and 200 000 tonnes deadweight. Total annual volumes carried approximately 50 000 000 tonnes.