The German container line Hamburg Süd, a specialist carrier for the trade between the northern and southern hemispheres, has taken delivery of the 9,669 teu container vessel CAP SAN LORENZO this weekend.
The ship is number three in a series of at least ten large high-reefer vessels designed for the German carrier’s South America trades. Hamburg Süd recently ordered three large container ships at Hyundai Heavy which might be further sisters of the type and take the series total to 13.
Equipped with onboard generators to supply up to 2,100 temperature controlled forty-foot containers with electricity, the new ship and her sister are the world’s largest reefer container vessels.
Hamburg Sud deploys the Hyundai-built ship to its Far East to ECSA service, offered in co-operation with Hanjin, CSCL and CSAV. The ship has phased into the service at Shanghai and she is scheduled to depart for her maiden voyage today.
Until mid-2014, the Germans are to receive at least ten sister vessels of the new type. The first six units will be owned by the carrier, whereas the last four ships have been ordered via the Greek non-operating owner Enesel, who will charter them to Hamburg Süd on a long term basis. Three more Hamburg Süd-owned units could then follow thereafter.
The CAP SAN LORENZO follows the CAP SAN MARCO, delivered in July. The new vessel is named after the Cape of San Lorenzo in Ecuador, located a few nautical miles west of the port of Manta.