With the “Américo Vespúcio” the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Aliança christened the third of four identical 3,800 TEU container ships for its cabotage fleet on 22 October 2013 in Pecém (Brazil). The Naming Ceremony was held as part of a customer event at the port of Pecém. The Sponsor of the ship is Consuelo Dias Branco, Member of the Senior Management of Moinho Dias Branco, one of Aliança’s customers.
Before the “Américo Vespúcio” Aliança had already held naming ceremonies for two ships in the “Explorer” series: for the “Sebastião Caboto” (in May 2013) and for the “Fernão de Magalhães” (in September 2013). This newbuild series allows Aliança to progress with the modernisation of its cabotage fleet. The “Américo Vespúcio” is named after the explorer Americo Vespucci, who explored large parts of the East coast of South America during his travels in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Like the first two newbuilds, the “Américo Vespúcio” was also built at the Shanghai Shipyard Co., Ltd. and was delivered on 23 August 2013. After completion of import formalities the ship was loaded with the first containers for the Aliança cabotage service on 14 October in Manaus. With each ship having a slot capacity of 3,800 TEU, the ships of the “Explorer” series have almost twice the number of container capacity as the previous Aliança ships employed on this service. The Naming Ceremony for the “Pedro Álvares Cabral” will take place at the start of next year in Brazil.
Technical data of the “Américo Vespúcio”:
Capacity 52,065 dwt
Container capacity 3,800 TEU
Reefer plus 500
Length overall 228.0 m
Length between perpendiculars 217.5 m
Width 37.3 m
Draught max. 12.5 m
Speed 19.5 kn
Main engine output 22.890 kW