Friday, September 27, 2013

Two Container Shipping Lines Christen New Members of their Respective Fleets

From a 'Cabotage Service' Carrier to the Biggest Ship in the World
Shipping News Feature

BRAZIL – DENMARK – This week, two container shipping lines held naming ceremonies for the new additions to their fleet. Hamburg Süd’s Brazilian subsidiary Aliança welcomed the 3,800 TEU Fernão de Magalhães at the Porto Chibatão in Brazil, meanwhile at the port of Copenhagen, Maersk Line welcomed the biggest ship in the world, the 18,000 TEU Majestic Maersk.

Named by HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, the Majestic Maersk is the second of twenty Triple E vessels ordered by the company each measuring 400 metres long and 59 metres wide. The ship will be leaving for Gothenburg, Sweden on September 29, but before that, she is open to the public where visitors will get the chance to participate in a range of activities and learn about the shipping industry. Maersk Line’s Chief Operating Officer Morten Engelstoft said:

“We are really proud of the vessel. We find it very good that it’s optimised in every respect, and it’s a vessel which we would like to give people the experience to come aboard here in Copenhagen.”

The Fernão de Magalhães is the second of four vessels from the Explorer series for Aliança to modernise what it terms its ‘cabotage service’ fleet. Measuring 230 metres long and 37 metres wide, the newbuilds have almost twice the number of container slots as the previous Aliança ships employed on this service and the company hopes the new vessels will extend its transportation capacity whilst setting new standards for fuel savings and environmental responsibility.

The Fernão de Magalhães carries the name of the famous Portuguese explorer (Ferdinand Magellan) who in 1520 discovered the long-sought passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific between the South American continent and Tierra del Fuego. This passage was later named after him as the Magellan Straits. All of the ships in this series will carry the names of important South American explorers, with the first ship in the series named the Sebastião Caboto (Sebastian Cabot), in Santos earlier this year.

Photo:  'We Happy Few' the christening of the Fernão de Magalhães: Alexander Oetker, Philip Oetker, Giulia Oetker, Julian Thomas, Dionéia Thomas (Sponsor), Dr. h.c. August Oetker und Dr. Ottmar Gast