Retrofitting vessels to sail on LNG turned out to be more costly than expected for Hapag-Lloyd, which has shelved its plans for more retrofits. The outlook for LNG in the shipping industry has changed, says CEO Rolf Habben Jansen.
Container Ship NINGBO EXPRESS berthed at Terminal 2, Malta Freeport back to 21st August, 2021.
Back to June 2021 the 2014 built 15,000 TEU vessel BRUSSELS EXPRESS that was converted to LNG Propulsion arrived at her home port Hamburg in Germany for the first time after her conversion. Back to September 2020 when she was still named as the SAJIR for UASC, the ship went into the Huarun Dadong Dockyard in Shanghai. There, all the preparations had already been made to have a floating crane hoist the 1,300-tonne LNG tank into the belly of the ship as well as to carry out other work related to the conversion.
With a fleet of 241 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.7 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies. The Company has around 13,300 employees and 395 offices in 131 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of approximately 2.8 million TEU – including one of the largest and most modern fleets of reefer containers. A total of 121 liner services worldwide ensure fast and reliable connections between more than 600 ports on all the continents. Hapag-Lloyd is one of the leading operators in the Transatlantic, Middle East, Latin America and Intra-America trades.
Timeline image is of BASLE EXPRESS underway offshore Licata, Sicily back to 8th April, 2011.
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Published – Saturday 2nd October, 2021.