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Date: 2002
465 x 1620 x 400 mm
Medium: Plastic, paint, wood, glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Maersk Australia Pty Ltd
Object Name: Ship model
Object No: 00039816

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    This is a 1:200 scale model of the P&O container ship NEDLLOYD BOTANY.

    SignificanceThis model is associated with large international cargo shipping in Australia during the early 21st century.
    HistoryP&O Nedlloyd (PONL) was formed in December 1996 by the amalgamation of P&O Containers Ltd and Nedlloyd. Both these companies had long shipping histories going back to the mid-19th century. Between 1998 and 2000 PONL acquired the container shipping businesses of Blue Star Line, Harrison Line and Farrell Lines. It operated cargo fleets throughout the world, including refrigerated cargoes moving between Australia/ New Zealand and North America, Asia and the Middle East.

    By 2004 PONL was the fourth largest container transport provider in the world, operating more than 150 owned and chartered ships. In that year Royal Nedlloyd NV acquired P&O's 50 percent stake in PONL, made a rights issue and created new owners Royal P&O Nedlloyd. The company listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, though its operational headquarters remained in London. At the end of 2005 it was unexpectedly taken over by the A P Moller- Maersk Group of Denmark and ceased to exist.

    P&O NEDLLOYD BOTANY was built by Samsung Heavy Industries in Koje, South Korea in 2002. Originally launched as SANTA RICARDA it was renamed and joined a large fleet of container ships operated by PONL. It is a fully cellular reefer container ship and is amongst the largest container ships to be in regular service to Sydney during recent years. Reefer ships are effectively large refrigerators, being divided into many more spaces than conventional dry cargo ships inside and having refrigerated containers on deck. NEDLLOYD BOTANY had a gross tonnage of 45,803 and conducted trips between Australia, New Zealand, East and West coast of USA, Europe and North and South-East Asia. Its maiden voyage was from Europe to Port Botany arriving on 8 July 2002.
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