Friday, September 6, 2013

Hamburg Süd Conducts First-Ever US Ship Christening

For the first time in its history, shipping company Hamburg Süd has celebrated the christening of a ship in the United States. The ceremony to name the 3,800-TEU container ship Cap Corrientes was conducted Aug 23 at the Port of San Francisco’s Pier 35.

The Cap Corrientes was built by Taizhou Catic Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Ltd in China for Vilmaris Management GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. The ship, which has a capacity of 500 reefer plugs, is 748 feet long, more than 121 feet wide and can reach a top speed of 20.3 knots, according to Hamburg Süd.

The vessel is on a long-term charter with the shipping company for deployment in the liner trade between the Pacific Coast, Australia and New Zealand.

Hamburg Süd started offering regular liner services to and from California in 1957, and currently offers 14 weekly departures from all major North American ports to Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

The christening was performed by Ofelia Gallo, the wife of Joseph E. Gallo, president and CEO of the E&J Gallo Winery in Modesto, California. She was awarded the christening honor by Hamburg Süd because E&J Gallo is expected to be a prominent user of the vessel; Gallo and other Northern California wineries regularly use Hamburg Süd’s vessel fleet for global wine exports, and to import wines from around the world for bottling.

The Cap Corrientes is the third ship in the Hamburg Süd fleet to carry this name, according to the shipping company; the first Cap Corrientes, which was named after the province of Corrientes in Argentina, was christened in 1958.