This weekend, the 8,872 teu VALOR, the lead ship of Evergreen’s and Costamare’s quintet of compact wide-beam ships from South Korea’s Sungdong Shipyard, has made her first appearance on the South American East Coast. At the occasion, she became the largest container ship to ever visit the ports of Brazil and she is to set vessel size records in the coming days in Uruguay and Argentina.
The ship, which trades on the ‘ESA/ASE’ service of Evergreen, Coscon and Zim is to perform a round-trip from Santos to Paranagua, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Rio Grande and Itapoa, before returning to Santos and then back to the Far East.
The VALOR’s South American size record will however be very short-lived, since Hamburg Süd’s new CAP SAN NICOLAS has already phased into the joint ‘ASIA/ASAS’ service of her owners and Maersk Line. The 9,669 teu ship is scheduled to arrive at Sepetiba tomorrow. She will thereafter call at Santos, Itapoa, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Rio Grande, Itapoa, Paranagua, and Santos, before returning to Asia.
The quick succession of record ships is an indicator of this year’s upsizing moves that literally doubled the capacity of a number of ECSA-related services.