Hapag-Lloyd takes delivery of ANTWERPEN EXPRESS (13,196 teu)

Vladimir Tonic

ANTWERPEN EXPRESS earlier sister ESSEN EXPRESS, delivered in May / Credit: Vladimir Tonic

The Hamburg-based container line Hapag-Lloyd has taken delivery of the seventh unit in a series of ten identical neopanamax vessels, the 13,196 teu ANTWERPEN EXPRESS. The 366-metre ship was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries at Ulsan, South Korea. It follows Hapag-Lloyd’s ESSEN EXPRESS delivered in May.

Six ships of the series were originally ordered as 8,750 teu units. At a later stage, Hapag-Lloyd extended the series to ten vessels. At the same time, the German carrier upgraded the orders to ten ships of 13,196 teu.

The new ship will phase into the G6 Alliance’s Loop 5 at the end of this week.

Hapag-Lloyd declared earlier this year that the ANTWERPEN EXPRESS would be the last ship of the series to be delivered in 2013, as the remaining three sister vessels have been deferred to 2014. Hapag-Lloyd decided to postpone the ships in order to reflect the ongoing overcapacity in the container shipping market.

The ANTWERPEN EXPRESS is named after Belgium’s second largest city, Antwerp, which is also Europe’s third-largest container port after Rotterdam and Hamburg.

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