Previously operated under the Liberian flag, the 7,100-TEU Santa Cruz, operated by Hamburg Süd on its trade from Europe to South America’s east coast, has been entered into Luxembourg’s shipping register.
The change of flag for the container ship was carried out in the Port of Hamburg in Germany in collaboration with Hamburg Süd’s partner YCF Maritime, which provided services in connection with the registration through its company EuroFlag Services.
The move brings the container line one step closer to reaching its goal of operating 60 percent of its owned ships under European flags. Of the 36 Hamburg Süd-owned vessels, 18 currently fly the German flag and one flies that of Luxembourg, putting the proportion of owned ships under a European flag at 53 percent.
In late May, Hamburg Süd is due to take delivery of the 9,100-TEU Cap San Nicholas from Korea’s Hyundai yard. The ocean carrier plans operate the vessel under a European flag.