Israel’s shipping company ZIM has deployed the 11,000 TEU newbuilding Cape Sounio in its Asia South America East Coast (ASE) service in response to the growing market needs.
The vessel embarked on its maiden voyage from Busan, South Korea, on May 4, calling ports in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina, in addition to ports in Asia.
Built at Hanjin Subic shipyard in the Philippines and delivered in April 2017, Cape Sounio is the largest vessel to serve in this line and the largest currently employed by ZIM, the company said.
With a deadweight of 134,900 tons, the boxship features a length of 330 meters and a width of 48.2 meters.
ZIM plans to hold a reception on board the vessel in Santos, Brazil, on June 28.
Cape Sounio is owned by Greece-based Costamare and chartered to ZIM until April 2018, VesselsValue’s data shows.
Port rotation of the ASE service is as follows: Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Singapore, Port Klan, Itaguai, Santos, Paranagua, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Navegantes, Itapoa, Santos, Itaguai, Port Klang, Singapore, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Busan.