Recently the container ship Rio de la Plata of the Hamburg S’d shipping company put in an appearance at Hamburg’s HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB).
The Rio de la Plata is 286 meters long, 40 meters wide and has a cargo carrying capacity of 5,900 TEUs as well as 1,365 connections for refrigerated containers (reefers). With a deadweight tonnage of 80,455 tons, the ship has a maximum draft of 13.2 meters.
Since the departure of the Rio de la Plata, the River Plate Express service between northern Europe and the east coast of South America will be carried on initially by four ships of the RIO class, each having a slot capacity of 5,900 standard containers (TEUs). In the coming weeks the sister ships Rio Blanco, Rio de Janeiro and Rio Negro are expected to put in at the Port of Hamburg. By the end of the year Hamburg S’d will be expanding its fleet with two more vessels of this class.
On round trip lasting 42 days a total of six ships will be visiting Rotterdam, Tilbury, Antwerp and Le Havre as well as Hamburg, going on to serve the South American ports of Santos, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande do Sul and Sepetiba. The parallel Brazil Express service offers connections with further ports; cargo can also be transferred to the services of the affiliated Brazilian company Alian’a.
In the year 2008 some 305,000 containers (TEUs) were carried between the Port of Hamburg and the east coast of South America. Moreover, Brazil came ninth in the list of Hamburg’s top ten trading partners.