Hamburg Süd will put in service next week the new 3,868 teu container ship CAP CLEVELAND, which the carrier charters from the German non-operating owner F. A. Vinnen & Co. The vessel had been essentially ready for two months, but appears to have been mothballed at the yard until Hamburg Süd needed it.
Hamburg Sud will phase the ship into its WCNA to Australia and New Zealand service, jointly offered with CMA CGM and ANL. On this loop, the new ship will replace the 3,104 teu CAP EGMONT.
The CAP CLEVELAND is the first of two SDARI 3800 type vessels that Vinnen had ordered in September 2010 at Shanghai Shipyard for a reported price of USD 50 million per ship. The second vessel, also ready but not yet in service, will come on stream as CAP CORAL. For Vinnen, the two ships are accounted for under the proforma names MERKUR FJORD and MERKUR OCEAN.