Hapag-Lloyd kicks off fleet upgrade program

German containerline Hapag-Lloyd has kicked off a fleet upgrade program for 150 ships over the next five years. The first part of the plan will see a new German propeller installed on the 7,500 teu Ningbo Express in Dubai next month, something that the carrier says will deliver between 10 and 13% fuel and CO2 savings.

In total, there are 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-optimised bulbous bow. During the scheduled dry dock stays, a resistance-reducing coat of anti-fouling paint will also to be applied to all vessels on the part of 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% already by 2030. To do so, we are investing in new future-proof ships while simultaneously focusing on making our existing fleet fit for the future,” said Dr Maximilian Rothkopf, COO of Hapag-Lloyd.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Thanks for the good news posted on German shipping industry kicking off fleet upgradation program for their vessels. German shipping industry has initiated the right measures in retrofitting new propellers, new flow optimized bulbous bow and anti-foul painting to the exterior hulls of the ships. These steps are in alignment with mission of the global shipping community to eliminate SOx emissions and transition to green corridors for commercial voyages. Hats off to you abd your team for the stupendous information.

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