The first FIL service ship from South Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has docked in Porto Itapoá.
The MV Hyundai Shanghai arrived on 9 July 2023, marking the start of this route, which will stop at Porto Itapoá on a weekly basis.
The Hyundai Premium is slated to dock in Itapoá again on 14 July, while the Hyundai Tacoma is planned to dock on 22 July.
According to Sergni Pessoa Rosa Junior, Director of Operations, Technology, and Environment at Porto Itapoá, the service connects Latin America to important Asian ports such as Busan (South Korea), Shanghai (China), Singapore, Jakarta (Indonesia), and Kattupalli (India).
“The Asian market is very important, both for importers and for exporters,” Pessoa Rosa stated.
In February 2023, HMM secured contracts for nine 9,000 TEU containerships powered by methanol dual-fuel engines, with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and HJ Shipbuilding and Construction (HJSC).
Three months later, Porto Itapoá set a new record for 2023 by processing 98,113 TEU.