China’s Taizhou Catic Shipbuilding has delivered the 3,820 teu OSAKA STRAIT to Hamburg-based non-operating owner Carsten Rehder. In the coming days, the ship is to join its charterer Hamburg Süd on the Far East – ECSA loop ‘ASAS’ jointly operated with Maersk Line (‘ASAS’) as CAP CORTES.
On this service, which offers an average weekly slot capacity of 7,870 teu, the ship will be the smallest vessel by far and it will only join the loop for a single westbound positioning trip. The small size of the ship will have hardly any effect on the service’s performance as – a week after the CAP CORTES – Hamburg Süd will phase-in the new CAP SAN NICOLAS. At 9,669 teu, she will be the largest-ever container ship deployed to South America.
The CAP CORTES is the fourth vessel of the SDARI 3800 design and the second such ship to be delivered by Taizhou Catic. It follows the types’s lead vessel SEBASTIAO CABOTO from Shanghai Shipyard, the CAP CORRIENTES from Taizhou Catic and the Shanghai-built PEDRO ALVARES CABRAL, delivered just a few days ago.
The slight differences in the nominal container intake of the ships 3,765 to 3,820 teu are believed to be negligeable in reality. Most likely these ‘differences’ only exist on paper and the lower figure likey has its origin in the fact that some of the vessels were originally planned as geared ships with four cranes, but then delivered at gearless units instead.