Shipping the 335d to the U.S.

By Jonathan Spira on 13 January 2010
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On December 30, I left my brand new 335d in the care of the E.H. Harms, a unit of BLG Logistics, in Munich.  DSC_0296Harms is BMW’s shipping agent and takes care of all aspects of shipping the car to the United States, including booking passage and customs brokerage.

Harms booked the 335d on the Wallenius Wilhelmsen MV Manon, voyage CQ002-MAN, which left Bremerhaven today heading for Göteborg, Sweden.

The MV Manon is a PCTC (Pure Car and Truck Carrier) built by Daewoo Heavy Industry in 1999.A large vessel awiats your BMW PA300143 (Small) (MV stands for Merchant Vessel.) It was elongated in 2005 by 28 meters, resulting in a 20% increase in capacity, which now stands at 7200 cars or 3700 cars and 600 trucks.  The vessel carries a basic complement of 15 persons.  The deck area capacity is 63,124 m2.  It is a sister ship to the Boheme, Elektra, Undine, and Mignon.

The Manon is owned by Wallenius Lines AB, Sweden and operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and flies under the Swedish flag.New BMWs being loaded onto vessel PA300169 (Small)

All cabins are located on the upper deck and the vessel is equipped with a dining room, TV room/library, gym, sauna, and outdoor swimming pool.  It has a permanent CO2 fire extinguishing system and a number of portable CO2 and foam fire extinguishers.  It has a freefalling lifeboat with a capacity of 30 people, an MOB (Man Overboard) boat, and four life rafts with a capacity of 16 people each.

After leaving Bremerhaven, it set sail for Göteborg (Gothenburg), where it is scheduled to arrive on the 15th.  route map MANON-2It will continue on to Zeebrugge, Belgium (January 17), and Southampton, U.K. (January 18) to pick up more cars.  It then starts its trans-Atlantic crossing and will continue across the 50th parallel until reaching the coast of North America.

The Manon should arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia on January 25.  From there, it is scheduled to arrive at the Port of New York on January 27, at which time the 335d will be offloaded at BMW’s Vehicle Distribution Center (VDC).