Friday, February 28, 2014

New Container Ships Have Largest TEU Reefer Capacity

Fourth Vessel in Class Named This Week
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – ARGENTINA – WORLDWIDE – With all the talk of 18,000+ TEU ultra large container ships the naming yesterday of the Cap San Lorenzo in Buenos Aires at a ‘mere’ 9,600 TEU might seem a little low key. The 124,500 dwt 333 metre long vessel however is the fourth box ship in the ‘Cap San’ class of six new builds for Hamburg Süd and, like her sisters, the latest addition to the fleet carries 2,100 reefer slots, making these craft currently the world's largest ships for reefer capacity.

Temperature controlled cargo is a speciality of the German carrier with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish transport particularly being one of Hamburg Süd's core competences. The ship was christened at the Exolgan Terminal with the approval of her sponsor Vivian Spohr, whose husband Carsten Spohr is a member of the Advisory Board of Dr. August Oetker KG.

Since her delivery from the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea in July 2013, the Cap San Lorenzo has been sailing the Company's liner service between Asia, South Africa, and the East coast of South America. Immediately after the naming ceremony, the vessel joined the Hamburg Süd liner service between Europe and the East coast of South America.

Photo: Dwarfed beneath the new ships side left to right at the christening stand Captain George Fink, Sponsor Vivian Spohr and Dr Ottmar Gast (Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd).