Hapag-Lloyd readies to join the 20,000 teu club

Hapag-Lloyd readies to join the 20,000 teu club

Hamburg: Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd looks set to join G6 alliance members OOCL and MOL in ordering a series of 20,000 teu ships. Sources close to the company say the Hamburg line has already started discussing the ship order with major Korean yards.

The company’s CEO, Rolf Habben Jansen, told German media in the past couple of days that no decision has yet been taken, but he noted the cost advantage of these new 20,000 teu ships is so big that they will replace older ships fast.

Currently the largest ships in the Hapag-Lloyd fleet can carry up to 13,200 teu.

“We are in talks with our G6 partners and await a final decision until end of the year,” a Hapag-Lloyd spokesperson told Splash on the line’s 20,000 teu vessel plans.

G6 members OOCL and MOL have ordered six and four 20,000 teu ships this year respectively.


Hans Thaulow

Hans Henrik Thaulow is an Oslo-based journalist who has been covering the shipping industry for the last 15 years. As well as some work for the Informa Group, Hans was the China correspondent for TradeWinds. He also contributes to Maritime CEO magazine. Hans’ shipping background extends to working as a shipbroker trainee with Simpson, Spence & Young in Hong Kong.

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