Maersk-owned carrier Hamburg Süd has announced the naming of its newest container vessel, introducing the “Polar Mexico” at the Port of Veracruz.
Hamburg Süd has been active in Mexico for approximately 50 years and is one of the three largest shipping companies serving the Mexican market, connecting ports in Altamira, Veracruz and Progreso with European locations such as the UK, Antwerp and Bremerhaven.
The new ship belongs to a group of four identical vessels as part of the “Polar” class, all of which have been built for the carrier by Chinese shipyard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding.
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With a capacity of 3,800 TEU and equipped with 1,000 reefer plugs, “Polar Mexico” is particularly suited for the transportation of refrigerated cargo.
Reefer capacity is especially important for supporting the Mexican economy, as it is particularly strong in the fruit sector and other perishable goods industries.
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Arnt Vespermann, CEO of Hamburg Süd, said: “Mexico is one of the most important economies in Latin America and an important market for Hamburg Süd.
“We are proud that we are christening this vessel while the city and the port of Veracruz are celebrating their 500th anniversary.
“As a global carrier we are serving the Mexican market with a set of very competitive connections to almost all other continents.”
The christening of the “Polar Mexico” also marked a first berthing of a container vessel at the new ICAVE terminal, a major infrastructure development in the Port of Veracruz that will begin operating in the near future.