German container delivery large Hapag-Lloyd on Monday welcomed into its fleet the “Berlin Specific”, the primary ship of its new Hamburg Specific class. 

At an occasion attended by some 300 friends from enterprise and politics, naming patron Elke Büdenbender carried out the ceremonial christening of the ship on the Container Terminal Burchardkai (Athabaskakai) within the Port of Hamburg. Among the many friends have been Peter Tschentscher, the First Mayor of Hamburg, and Daniel Günther, the Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein.

“The Hamburg Specific class will mark the start of a brand new period for Hapag-Lloyd and its fleet. In whole, a dozen state-of-the-art giant container ships shall be put into service by 2025,” the corporate stated.

Collectively, Hapag-Lloyd stated, these vessels will make an essential contribution to Hapag-Lloyd’s efforts to function its complete fleet in a climate-neutral method by 2045. 

The twin-fuel vessels may even be capable of function utilizing non-fossil fuels, resembling bio-methane and e-methane, and, as the corporate says, thereby generate hardly any CO2 emissions.

For now, liquefied pure fuel (LNG) shall be used, which can scale back CO2 emissions by as much as 25 p.c and soot emissions by 95 p.c. As well as, superior elements – resembling an optimised hull and a extremely environment friendly propeller – will assist the vessels to scale back gasoline consumption and thereby greenhouse fuel emissions, the corporate stated.

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

The “Berlin Specific” was constructed on the Hanwha Ocean shipyard in South Korea. With a size of virtually 400 metres and a capability of 23,600 TEU, it’s the largest cargo ship ever to sail below German flag. The container ships within the Hamburg Specific class will solely function on the cargo-intensive Far East route between Asia and Europe. The “Berlin Specific” will function commonly on the FE3 service, which sails between Ningbo and Hamburg, by way of Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Yantian, Hong Kong, Singapore and Rotterdam.