The containership giant Hyundai Brave of the Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) docked at the Port of Hamburg for the first time on February 14, 2008. HMM’s biggest containership was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, which is part of the HMM group, in Ulsan. The 8.566 teu ship started its maiden voyage from Ningbo (China) on January 17, 2008. Loaded with export goods for Northern Europe, the ship, which is employed in the Far East’Europe liner service “SCX” of the shipping consortium New World Alliance, headed for the ports of Shanghai, Chiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Zeebrugge, Thamesport and finally Hamburg, Europe’s most important sea port for the sea trade with the Far East and China. On the way back the SCX serves also the Port of Rotterdam. The so far biggest containership of HHM, which called at the port of Hamburg, was discharged and loaded at the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA).
The containership giant, built by the Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard, has a length of 339 meters, a breadth of 45.60 meters and a slot capacity of 10,062 teu (20-foot standard containers). The maximum draft of the Hyundai Brave is 14.50 m.
The captain of the Panama-flagged Hyundai Brave, I.G. Jong, was welcomed on the bridge of his giant freighter by Uwe Claassen, Director of the Nautische Zentrale Hamburg, Port of Hamburg Marketing Chairman Dr. J’rgen Sorgenfrei, representatives of the local agency Hyundai Merchant Marine (Deutschland) GmbH, Managing Director J.Y. Choi and General Manager G’nter Bold, as well as by the HMM representatives H.S. Yun and Richard Min. On the occasion of the maiden voyage the port representatives handed him over the Hamburg Admiralty coat of arms and a book present.
Early in the morning of February 16, the Hyundai Brave left for its journey back to Singapore via Rotterdam.