Hamburg Süd subsidiary Aliança has christened its container ship “Pedro Álvares Cabral” during a ceremony held for customers at Brazil’s Port of Itapoá in the state of Santa Catarina. The ship’s sponsor is Elisabeth von Krüger de Freitas, wife of Humberto Ramos de Freitas, executive officer for Logistics and Mineral Exploration of Vale S.A., one of Aliança Bulk’s most important clients.
The “Pedro Álvares Cabral” is one of four identical 3,800 teu ships with which Aliança is modernising and expanding its cabotage fleet. The 52,065 dwt vessel has a maximum draught of 12.5 m and a 228 m LOA. Her three sister ships were christened during the course of last year at the Brazilian ports of Pecém, Manaus and Santos.
All four ships carry the names of important South American explorers and the “Pedro Álvares Cabral” was named after a famous Portuguese mariner who discovered Brazil on April 22, 1500.
Aliança, along the Battistella group and LogZ Logistica, is a shareholder in Porto Itapoá, the only deep-water port in southern Brazil. Starting operations in mid-2011, Itapoá, has a current annual handling capacity of 500,000 teu and employs around 650 staff.