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Hapag-Lloyd Kicks Off Fleet Upgrades with New Fuel Efficient Propellers

Mike Schuler
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August 22, 2022

Hapag-Lloyd is kicking off its fleet upgrade program that will see more than 150 of its ships upgraded with more fuel efficient technology over the next 5 years.

The German shipping line has launched the program with the first loading of a retrofitted propeller in the Port of Hamburg. The propeller, manufactured by MMG of Germany, will be installed on Hapag-Lloyd’s 7,500 TEU Ningbo Express in Dubai next month. The propeller design is estimated to reduce fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions by between 10 and 13 percent, depending on sailing conditions.

In total, Hapag-Lloyd has plans to equip at least 86 ships with the new and more efficient propellers. At the same time, 36 vessels will receive a new flow-optimized bulbous bow. During dry docking, each ship will also be painted with anti-fouling paint on the exterior hull beneath the waterline.

“We aim to be climate-neutral by 2045. To reach this goal, we have set ourselves the interim target of reducing the CO2 intensity of our own ships by 30 percent already by 2030,” says Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf, COO of Hapag-Lloyd AG. “To do so, we are investing in new future-proof ships while simultaneously focusing on making our existing fleet fit for the future. The fleet upgrade program will boost the energy efficiency of the entire fleet.”

Hapag-Lloyd says the fleet upgrade program will cost in the “three-digit million range.”

Hapag-Lloyd ranks as the world’s fifth largest container shipping line with nearly 250 ships in operation, including 120 that are owned. The company has on order another twelve LNG-powered ultra-large containerships that are due for delivery in 2023 and 2024 from South Korea’s DSME. The ships, which were ordered in two batches in 2020 and 2021, will come in at 23,500 TEU and represent an investment of more than $2 billion.

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