Hapag-Lloyd introduced the first of a class of ten new 13,200 TEU vessels at Hamburg on 17 August. At 366m long and 48m wide, MV Hamburg Express (2012/142,092dwt) becomes the largest ship in the German shipping giants 147-strong fleet that boasts a total capacity of around 674,000 TEU.
Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries at Ulsan, South Korea, the German-flagged ships will operate Loop 4 of the G6 Alliance that starts in Hamburg and calls at the ports of Rotterdam, Singapore, Yantian, Ningbo and Shanghai before returning via Yantian, Singapore and Southampton. The next two vessels will be delivered to Hapag-Lloyd in late September and mid-November, respectively. The remaining seven ships are due for delivery in 2013.