Hapag-Lloyd, the world’s fourth largest container shipping company following its merger with CSAV, says it has ordered five new containerships to be deployed on South American routes.
The five ships will have a capacity of 10,500 TEU each and have been ordered from the South Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. The ships are to be built at the yard in Samho, South Korea.
Hapag-Lloyd says the new ships will have 2,100 reefers plugs, making them particularly suited for transporting perishable goods such as fruit, vegetables, meat, fish or pharmaceutical products. In addition, they are equipped with a highly efficient main engine, an optimized hull shape and an innovative lashing and loading system for greater loading flexibility.
Hapag-LLoyd says the ships will be deployed primarily on South American trade routes to coincide with expanded Panama Canal.
“This order for five vessels underlines Hapag-Lloyd’s leading role in the Latin American trade. Following our successful merger with CSAV, we are one of the market leaders in this attractive trade and offer our customers a variety of excellent connections to and from South America,” said Anthony J. Firmin, Chief Operating Officer at Hapag-Lloyd.
The ships are scheduled for delivery between October 2016 and May 2017.