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02 February 2009
02. February 2009 Commercial Aircraft

A new ship enters service for the conveyance of large A380 airframe components


The City of Hamburg roll-on/roll-off vessel has entered service for the transportation of A380 fuselage sections and wings. It expands the support capabilities for Airbus' A380 production network, and will be joined by another ship later this year.

A new ship dedicated to the transportation of A380 fuselage sections and wings within Airbus' production system has now entered service, supporting the continuing ramp-up in output for this 21st century flagship jetliner.

The vessel, christened the City of Hamburg, made its maiden voyage in the A380 programme's service last week, arriving in the German port of Hamburg-Finkenwerder. Like its sister ship - which is named the Ville de Bordeaux - the City of Hamburg will carry fuselage sections and wings from production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and France to the Bordeaux region of southwest France, where these elements are transported by river and road to the A380’s final assembly line in Toulouse.

Built by Singapore Technologies Marine in Singapore, the City of Hamburg is a roll-on/roll-off ship with a length of 126.5 meters and a deck area of 9,360 square metres. It is operated by Fret CETAM - a French-Norwegian consortium of shipping companies Louis Dreyfus Armateurs and Leif

The City of Hamburg will be joined this summer by a third ship, the Ciudad de Cadiz, further expanding the transport capacity for the A380 programme.

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