Brazilian shipping company Aliança, a subsidiary of the German container line Hamburg Süd, has completed the expansion and modernisation of its boxship cabotage fleet with the christening of the new 4,848 TEU Vicente Pinzón.
In the past two years, Aliança has launched a total of six newbuildings for its cabotage services, four of which feature a slot capacity of 3,800 TEU each and two with 4,800 TEU each.
The christening took place on 20 June at the Terminal Marítimo de Passageiros in the Port of Santos.
The Vicente Pinzón and its sister ship Bartolomeu Dias, which was christened in April, are the largest vessels ever to be deployed by Aliança in its Brazilian coastal routes – with around 4,800 TEU each (including 600 reefer slots).
The ship is named after the Spanish seafarer and explorer Vicente Yáñez Pinzón, who reached the Brazilian coast on 26 January 1500 in what is today Pernambuco.