Hapag-Lloyd names 8,749-TEU boxship
German container line Hapag-Lloyd today named a 8,749-TEU capacity containership in the Port of Bremerhaven.
The 335-meter Bremen Express was built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries who will deliver another 15 sister ships to the Hamburg-based carrier by the end of 2011.
The new vessel will be deployed on one of the Grand Alliance’s Asia/Europe services and will sail at about 20 knots instead of its maximum speed of 25 knots. Hapag-Lloyd executive board member Adolf Adrion said that by cutting the ship’s speed by 20 percent the fuel consumption of the approximate 93,500 horsepower main engine can be reduced by up to 50 percent. “That makes sense economically and above all enables us to make an impressive reduction in the environmental impact immediately and directly,” he said.
Hapag-Lloyd said its containership fleet now stands at 142 ships with a total capacity of over 514,000 TEUs, ranking it fifth in the world.