HAMBURG Süd has christened its new specialist reefer Polar Ecuador at the Belgian New Fruit Wharf in Antwerp.

Hamburg Süd chief commercial officer Frank Smet said the vessel was an important step into the future.

“With more than 1,000 reefer plugs, this container vessel transports a disproportionately large volume of refrigerated cargo from Mexico and the Caribbean to Antwerp,” Mr Smet said.

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“This includes, for example, bananas, pineapples and melons, which are handled particularly efficiently and professionally by the fruit and reefer specialists here.”

Mr Smet said Hamburg Süd was a large player on the Latan America – Europe sailing route importing large amounts of perishables.

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