Hapag-Lloyd on Friday held a naming ceremony for what is now officially the “Hamburg Express”, the first of ten new 13,200 TEU vessels and currently the largest ship in the Hapag-LLoyd fleet.
The “Hamburg Express” is the first and flagship vessel in the new “Hamburg Express” class that will sail Loop 4 of the G6 Alliance that starts in Hamburg and calls at the ports of Rotterdam, Singapore, Yantian, Ningbo and Shanghai before returning via Yantian, Singapore and Southampton.
“The fact that the newest and largest ship in the Hapag-Lloyd fleet carries the name of our home port out into the world is part of a long tradition. It is a sign of the strong bond which links us to Hamburg,” said Michael Behrendt, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd. “The entry into a new class is something we have thought long and hard about. With the modern, extremely efficient newbuilds in the ‘Hamburg Express’ class, we are not only ensuring that Hapag-Lloyd stays competitive in future, but we are also pursuing our strategy of sustainable growth in line with the market.”
All ten newbuilds will sail under the German flag which forms part of a long tradition at the Group. The latest newbuilds, which are under construction at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, are 366 meters long and 48 meters wide and have a maximum capacity of 142,092 tonnes with a draft of 15.5 meters. From keel to superstructure they measure a good 66 meters.
The next two vessels from the series ordered in December 2010 will be delivered to Hapag-Lloyd in late September and mid-November, respectively, and will also be deployed in Loop 4. The remaining seven ships are due for delivery next year. Including the new “Hamburg Express”, the Hapag-Lloyd fleet currently consists of 147 vessels with a total capacity of around 674,000 TEU.
Like their predecessors, the ten units in the “Hamburg Express” class are being designed to the highest environmental standards and are set to achieve particularly low figures for fuel consumption and emissions thanks to innovative on-board technology. The main innovation in terms of environmental protection on board the “Hamburg Express” and its sister ships is the equipment for ballast water treatment manufactured by the Hamburg-based firm Mahle Industriefilter. The system cleans ships’ ballast water without chemicals before it enters and before it leaves the ballast water tanks and uses filtration and UV light treatment to prevent organisms in the tanks from escaping unintentionally into foreign ecosystems.