When she started her duty in 1964, the refrigerated ship Polarlicht was a true high-tech product. The @hamburgsud_group had her and her sister, the Polarstern, built including revolutionary automation elements in her systems. The ship could be managed by a crew of 29. The experiment was a total success, so the company ordered the 6 ships of the Polar-Ecuador-class not long after. Automation systems will become more and more popular in the shipping industry, being standard in most ships from the 1980s onwards. The culmination of this process could very well be the unmanned cargo ship. Several companies are working in this idea, that could become a reality in the near future.
Hamburg Süd owned the Polarlicht until 1970. The ship was then sold, but chartered back by her previous owners that managed her under the same name until 1974. Then she was sold to the Fiffes Group and renamed Davao. She changed owners and name again in 1981, becoming the Chion Trader, and in 1983, becoming the Banquise. She was finally scrapped in Karachi, in 1985.
This wonderful model of the Polarlicht I. A scale of 1:100 is part of our exhibition on modern maritime logistics on deck 6 of the museum.
Me shipping art to you 🖼🚛✈️ I have some art to make today & some art to ship today. The next city I will be in is LA. If you are interested in a piece for you or someone else (holiday season) let’s talk 👩🏻🎨 #art#ship#travel#artist#painting#mail#losangeles#la