Germany’s Hamburg Süd has phased the first of its six new Cap San container ships into service on the Asia-South American route, with the 9,600TEU Cap San Nicholas recently completed by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries. A sister, Cap San Marco, will follow next month, with two more of the class to be completed before the end of the year; the final two will be in service by early next year.

An additional four will be completed for Enesel of Greece and then chartered to Hamburg Süd. With 2,100 refrigeration plugs, the new 124,500dwt red-hulled ships are the world’s largest reefer container vessels. They measure 333.2m by 48.2m, the main engine has an output of 40,670kW and they have a top speed of 21 knots. JS

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