February 1 - The second of six so-called PK116 newbuildings due to enter service with Combi Lift over the next 18 months has been christened.

Palabora is a sistership of Palmerton (which entered service late last year) and was christened on January 29. The third vessel in the series is scheduled for delivery in April this year. 

January also saw the christening and delivery into service of the Combi Dock IV, the final in a series of four semi-submersible dockships. 

Combi Dock IV was named at the Lloyd Werft yard in Bremerhaven by godmother, Maria König Poulsen (pictured), wife of Combi Lift sales & marketing manager, Peter Poulsen 

The Combi Dock vessels are 11,000 dwt multipurpose tweendeckers with three electro hydraulic cranes each with a single lift capacity of up to 350 tonnes, or 700 tonnes when combined. All four ships in the series are designed to handle both floating cargoes as well as ro-ro consignments, enabling the vessel to load modules of up to 5,000 tonnes depending on the dimensions.

The PK116 series are more conventional heavy lift ships with two 450 tonne cranes which can be combined to lift 900 tonnes, a large unobstructed weather deck and superstructure moved to the fore of the vessel in order to accommodate oversized cargoes. Each ship has one boxed hold with a tweendeck which is adjustable in three positions. 

Pictured at last November's christening of Palmerton are: (left to right): Heiko Felderhof, Combi Lift CTO, Imke Harren - Godmother, Anders Poulsen - Combi Lift COO, Sergey Popov - Combi Lift Supercargo Department, Nick Doggett - CEO, Kestrel Maritime Pty and Combi Lift representative for S.E. Asia, Australia and New Zealand.