Aliança, a subsidiary of Hamburg Süd, has christened the Fernão de Magalhães, the second of four new container ships for the carrier’s cabotage fleet.
The vessel’s naming ceremony was held on Sept. 26 at Porto Chibatão, a container port on the Rio Negro in Manaus, Brazil. In attendance were Dionéia Thomas, sponsor of the ship and wife of Julian Thomas, general manager of the east coast of South America region for Hamburg Süd and Aliança; August Oetker, chairman of the advisory board of the Oetker Group and partner of August Oetker; and Ottmar Gast, chairman of the executive board of Hamburg Süd.
The Sebastião Caboto, which was named in Santos, Brazil, in May, was the first ship built in the series of four by the Shanghai Shipyard Co. With a capacity of 3,800 20-foot-equivalent units, the four ships have almost twice the number of container slots as the previous Aliança ships employed on this service. The 52,065 deadweight ton ships are 228.0 meters (about 748.0 feet) in length and 37.3 meters wide.