Hapag-Lloyd Unveils Largest Container Ship: M/V Berlin Express

The M/V Berlin Express pictured at the Container Terminal Burchardkai in the Port of Hamburg. Photo courtesy Hapag-Lloyd
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German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has unveiled its largest container ship, named the M/V Berlin Express. With a length of almost 400 meters and a capacity of 23,600 TEU, it will be the largest container ship sailing under the German flag. The ship was built in South Korea and was christened by Germany’s First Lady, Elke Büdenbender, at an event in the port of Hamburg. The Hamburg Express class of ships, to which the Berlin Express belongs, will play a crucial role in Hapag-Lloyd’s goal of achieving a climate-neutral fleet by 2045. The ships are equipped with dual-fuel engines that initially burn liquefied natural gas (LNG) but can also utilize biomethane and e-methane in the future. They also feature fuel-efficient technology such as an optimized hull and propeller.

Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd, sees the introduction of the Hamburg Express class as a turning point for the company. He highlights that the new ships will immediately and significantly reduce emissions while also contributing to the gradual decarbonization of the shipping industry. Jansen emphasizes that all ships in this class will fly the German flag, which strengthens Germany’s position as a shipping hub. The Berlin Express is the first of twelve new ships that will be put into service by 2025. It will primarily operate on the route between Ningbo and Hamburg, stopping at various ports in Asia and Europe along the way.

The introduction of the M/V Berlin Express marks a significant milestone for Hapag-Lloyd in its journey towards a more sustainable shipping industry. With its technological advancements and fuel efficiency measures, the Hamburg Express class is well-positioned to reduce the company’s emissions and contribute to the decarbonization efforts. Additionally, the decision to sail under the German flag further supports Germany’s influence as a leading shipping location. As the first ship of its kind, the Berlin Express sets the stage for a new era in container shipping that prioritizes sustainability and environmental responsibility.

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