Hapag-Lloyd names 8,749-TEU ship
German container line Hapag-Lloyd on Wednesday named an 8,749-TEU vessel in Port Kelang, its first such ceremony to be held in Malaysia.
The 336-meter Kuala Lumpur Express was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and will be deployed on the Asia/Europe EU4 service of the Grand Alliance.
The Hamburg-based company will also use the ship to train its nautical and technical personnel. In addition to the crew of 24, the Kuala Lumpur Express will accommodate 15 sea cadets and two trainers.
“Our sector has a huge need for young technical and nautical staff, and, given the optimistic growth forecasts, this requirement will tend to increase in the next few years. Container shipping offers young persons a very interesting working environment with excellent career prospects and a secure future,” said Adolf Adrion, Hapag-Lloyd executive board member, who’s wife, Ursula, is the patron of the new ship.