German delivery line Hapag-Lloyd has christened the primary of 12 new Hamburg Categorical-class containerships.

With a size of virtually 400 meters and a capability of 23,600 TEU, the M/V Berlin Categorical turns into the most important containership to sail beneath German flag. The ship was constructed on the Hanwha Ocean shipyard in South Korea.

Germany’s First Girl Elke Büdenbender christened the vessel throughout an occasion on the Container Terminal Burchardkai within the Port of Hamburg, attended by 300 company together with Peter Tschentscher, the First Mayor of Hamburg, and Daniel Günther, the Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein.

The Hamburg Categorical class will play a major position in Hapag-Lloyd’s purpose of working a climate-neutral fleet by 2045. The state-of-the-art ships are outfitted with dual-fuel engines, initially burning liquefied pure fuel (LNG) and with the potential to function on bio-methane and e-methane sooner or later. They can even characteristic optimized hull and a gas environment friendly propeller.

“With the brand new Hamburg Categorical class, Hapag-Lloyd is at a turning level”, says CEO Rolf Habben Jansen. “The extremely environment friendly ships will enable us to scale back our emissions instantly and to a really vital diploma. On the similar time, they’re an necessary constructing block in our technique to steadily push forward with decarbonisation. All of the vessels on this class will sail beneath German flag and thereby make an necessary contribution to strengthening Germany as a delivery hub.”

Berlin Categorical is the primary of twelve new Hamburg Categorical-class ships to be put into service by 2025. The Hamburg Categorical class will function solely on Far East routes between Asia and Europe. The “Berlin Categorical” will function recurrently on the FE3 service, which sails between Ningbo and Hamburg, by way of Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Yantian, Hong Kong, Singapore and Rotterdam.