COLOMBIA: Hyundai Hope, the largest container ship that has arrived in Cartagena


Cartagena de Indias D. T. Y C. May 11, 2020. With 366 meters in length and capacity to transport 13,154 containers, the Hyundai Hope ship becomes the largest container ship that has arrived in Cartagena to date. It can transport up to 146,000 tons of paid cargo and is part of the “The Alliance” fleet in the EC2 service, which includes the companies Hyundai Merchant Marine (Korea), Hapag Lloyd (Germany), Yang Ming (Taiwan) and ONE Line (Japan).

Giant container ships arrive at the port of Cartagena, thanks to the expansion that the Panama Canal had in 2016, which allowed the passage of a new generation of ships with greater capacity, created to take advantage of economies of scale and meet continued growth of international trade.

Photo credits: Héctor Rico Suárez, Grupo Puerto de Cartagena

With significant investments in infrastructure, technology and in the training of their operators, the terminals of the Puerto de Cartagena Group (Sociedad Portuaria de Cartagena y Contecar) anticipated the opening of the new locks of the Panama Canal, being the first Latin American terminals in prepare to receive this new generation of ships. Today the fruits of this bet are seen, being Cartagena recognized by UNCTAD as the port with the highest connectivity in the American continent and one of the main connection centers in the region.

With the vision and innovation that characterizes it, today the Puerto de Cartagena Group is inserted in the fourth industrial revolution and interprets how new technologies will change the configuration of the port logistics business and adapts to these new contexts.


The Hyundai Hope, arrives in Cartagena from Pusan ​​- Korea, and is destined for the port of New York. It is a ship whose rotation is Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Pusan, Panama Canal, Cartagena, New York, Wilmington, Savannah, Charleston, Cartagena, Panama Canal, and return to Asian ports.

Why is this ship coming?

After many years of absence, the Hyundai shipping line returns to the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States with EC2 and EC3 services (starting operations in August 2020) which is operated by “The Alliance – THEA”, which is one of the three great shipping alliances in the world. Due to its competitiveness and strategic position, they choose Cartagena as their connection center to meet the trade needs of Central America, the Caribbean and the North Coast of South America with the Asian economies.


Source Grupo Puerto de Cartagena SPRC

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