Hamburg-based shipping group Hapag-Lloyd has ordered six ultra-large container vessels of 23,500 TEU from South Korean yard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) at a cost of about US$1 billion. The LNG/dual-fuel vessels are due to be delivered between April 2023 and December 2023.
The new vessels will be deployed on the Europe/Far East routes as part of THE Alliance and should significantly increase Hapag-Lloyd’s competitiveness in this trade.
As part of Hapag-Lloyd sustainability strategy the vessels will be fitted with a high-pressure dual-fuel engine with high fuel efficiency. The engine will operate on LNG, but has alternatively sufficient tank capacity to operate on conventional fuel.
Hapag-Lloyd chief executive officer Mr Rolf Habben Jansen said: “With the investment in six ultra-large container vessels we will not only be able to reduce slot costs and improve our competitiveness on the Europe-Far East trade, but also take a significant step forward in modernising our fleet. Additionally we will further reduce our environmental impact.” The financing has already been secured by Hapag-Lloyd for the order.