The christening of the Polar Mexico marked a first berthing of a container vessel at the new ICAVE terminal in the port of Veracruz, which is scheduled to start operations soon. Hutchison Ports ICAVE is a specialised container terminal (TEC). ICAVE (Internacional de Contenedores Asociados de Vera Cruz) was acquired in 2001 by Hong Kong-based Hutchison Ports.
The sponsor of the Polar Mexico is Claudia Dávila, wife of Carlos Ayala, Logistics and Distribution director of Alpek Polyester, which is a subsidiary of the Alfa Group, one of the largest corporate groups in Mexico.
“Mexico is one of the most important economies in Latin America and an important market for Hamburg Süd,” said Arnt Vespermann, ceo of Hamburg Süd. “We are proud that we are christening this vessel while the city and the port of Veracruz are celebrating their 500th anniversary.”
The Mexican economy is strong in the fruit sector as well as in other industries with high import and export volumes, such as automobile manufacturing, chemicals and brewing.
“As a global carrier we are serving the Mexican market with a set of very competitive connections to almost all other continents,” he said.
Hamburg Süd has been active in Mexico for approximately 50 years and is one of the three largest liner shipping companies in the Mexican market today.
The Polar Mexico is deployed on the North Europe – Mexico/Caribbean Service (EMCS), which connects Altamira, Veracruz and Progreso as well as further Caribbean ports with Ireland, Great Britain, Antwerp and Bremerhaven.