Artist's impression of new Hapag Lloyd box ship

January 8, 2005

Hapag Lloyd orders three mega containerships

Germany's Hapag-Lloyd yesterday ordered three mega containerships from South Korea's Hyundai heavy Industries and said it will be expanding its fleet by ten newbuildings to 61 vessels by 2008. Four vessels will be delivered in 2005, one in 2006, three in 2007 and two in 2008.

"We want to make the most of the opportunities in the growing container transport market and continue to improve our position, and we are creating the prerequisites for this with our fleet expansion programme," explained Michael Behrendt, chairman of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG.

With a length of 335 m and width of 43m, the three new 100,000 gy plus ships will each have a capacity of 8,600 TEU.

Though the vessels ordered yesterday will be larger than the present Hamburg Express class, their emissions will actually be lower.

The newbuildings will incorporate MAN B&W diesel engines that more than meet IMO emissions standards. They will consume less fuel than the Hamburg Express calss ships and achieve a 30 percent reduction in nitrogen emissions.

Fuel consumption per container with a gross weight of about 15 t is under 200 g per tonne over 100 km.

The diesel engines installed in the new ships will have an output of 68,640 kW or 93,360 hp. They will give the vessels a speed of 25.2 knots. The newbuildings will probably be deployed in Asia services

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