Today, the first of six identically designed 3800 TEU containerships, on order by Hamburg Sd, will be christened at the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in Korea.
Reviving a series of names with a long tradition at Hamburg Sd, the ships will be christened CAP SAN NICHOLAS and CAP SAN MARCO.
Each ship has an overall capacity of 50,200 TDW with 3800 container slots, including 800 TEU reefer slot plugs. The ships can reach speeds of 22.5 knots and have two cranes aboard.
The CAP SAN NICHOLAS is to be put in service on January 30th and will commence an approximately eight-month charter with the French shipping company CMA/CGM on February 3rd. The CAP SAN MARCO will be delivered at the end of March and begin a four-month charter, also for CMA/CGM.
Plans call for these initial two vessels, the largest Hamburg Sd has ever built, to join later deliveries in the newbuild series, and commence company liner service on the East Coast Inter-American trade in the second half of this year.
Sponsors for the christening event are Tatjana and Anne Oetker, wife and daughter of Richard Oetker. Hamburg Sd, which also operates under the Aliana, Crowley American Transport and Columbus Line brand names, is part of Germany’s Oetker Group of companies.