Hapag-Lloyd AG officially named one of its newest vessels – facilitating trade between the UK and the Far East – on the River Thames on Monday.
The honour of formally naming the vessel was bestowed upon the UK’s shipping minister, Nusrat Ghani, at DP World London Gateway, the UK’s fastest growing container port.
She christened the vessel ‘Afif’, which is Arabic for ‘purity’ and ‘honesty’ and the name of a city in central Saudi Arabia, in the Najd region, situated halfway between Riyadh and Mecca.
The ceremony saw Ms Ghani smash a sacrificial bottle of champagne against the bow of the ship, after wishing this new vessel – which can hold 15,000 twenty-foot containers – good luck and Godspeed as it transits the oceans transporting billions of pounds worth of cargo between Britain and international markets.
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Source: www.londongateway.com, 17 July 2018