No, not a new Chinese takeaway, but the latest container ship to emerge fresh from a South Korean shipyard. The German-registered MV Hong Kong Express (2013/142,295 gt) is the fourth of a class of ten 13,200 TEU box ships being introduced by Hapag-Lloyd.
The latest new arrival is also the fourth brand new container ship to make an appearance at Southampton this year, with many more to come. The deluge of new container ship capacity entering service around the world is not being met by demand, with many shipping companies struggling to make a profit. The trend for larger and more efficient ships may turn the tide.