Hapag-Lloyd makes one of the biggest container orders in its history
Hapag-Lloyd has invested roughly US$550M in 150,000 TEU of standard and reefer containers for 2021, one of the biggest container orders in the history of Hapag-Lloyd.
Hapag-Lloyd said it “is stepping up the investment in its container fleet in light of the current situation – similar to what the container shipping line did in 2020 in its initial response to the pandemic – as it needs significantly more than the normal number of boxes to carry the same volume, because boxes are turning slower.”
The container shipping line has ordered the containers from China – both dry boxes and state-of-the-art reefer containers. Some of the boxes were already delivered to Hapag-Lloyd and integrated into its existing container fleet in Q1 2021, but most are expected to be delivered in the upcoming months. Additionally, Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 8,000 TEU of special containers to be used for over-sized or dangerous goods.
"The container shipping industry is currently seeing unprecedented demand, which has led to a shortage of containers all over the world. With its recent container orders, Hapag-Lloyd is contributing to efforts to ease the current situation and will be able to offer its customers a much better service,” said Hapag-Lloyd chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen.
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