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Hamburg Süd Continues Fleet Expansion

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Maersk-owned shipping line Hamburg Süd has announced the christening of “Polar Ecuador”, its latest addition to a fleet of reefer-fitted container vessels.

Revealed at the Port of Antwerp, the new ship belongs to a “Polar” class of four structurally identical vessels built by the Chinese shipyard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding.

In a recent story reported by PTI, Hamburg Süd unveiled the “Polar Mexico” at the Port of Veracruz, Mexico.



According to a statement, each of the ships offer a container storage capacity of 3,800 TEU and are equipped with 1,000 reefer plugs.

Polar Ecuador will be deployed in Hamburg Süd’s North Europe – Mexico/Caribbean service (EMCS), connecting Mexican and Caribbean ports with European ports like Antwerp, one of the continent’s most important destinations for onward distribution.

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Frank Smet, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Hamburg Süd, said: “Antwerp is a highly important port for Hamburg Süd, and the Belgian New Fruit Wharf is a very suitable place for the christening of a ‘Polar’-class vessel.

“After all, with more than 1,000 reefer plugs, the ‘Polar Ecuador’ transports a disproportionately large volume of refrigerated cargo for a container vessel of this size from Mexico and the Caribbean to Antwerp.

“This includes, for example, bananas, pineapples and melons, which are handled particularly efficiently and professionally by the fruit and reefer specialists here.”

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