Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
Home » Shipping » Mega madness? Hapag-Lloyd plans to order six 23,000-teu container ships

Mega madness? Hapag-Lloyd plans to order six 23,000-teu container ships

PortandTerminal.com, February 12, 2020

In order to match both alliance partners and competitors, Hapag-Lloyd plans to order six new 23,000-teu container ships. Some say that it makes no sense.

HAMBURG, GERMANY – A Hapag-Lloyd spokesperson confirmed on the Danish website ShippingWatch today that the shipping line plans to order 23,000-teu container ships.

READ: Introducing the world’s largest container ship. Does it make sense?

The purchases are to be made this year or in 2021 “depending on how the market develops and on the judgment of the board of directors“. The shipping company does not yet know on which fuel the new mega carriers will sail.

That sounds a bit cagey so is it really a firm order? Time will tell. Hapag has reasons to order the larger box ships but perhaps better ones to hold off.

READ: Design for world record 25,000 TEU LNG-fueled box ship gets approval

Hapag-Lloyd is part of THE Alliance together with ONE, Yang Ming and (from 1 April) HMM. The three alliance partners have also announced that they will too will order megamax ships. All the more reason for Hapag to take full advantage of the economies of scale with this order if they have their minds set on doing it.

Not everyone is convinced though that the larger box ships make sense. Søren Skou, CEO of AP Moller-Maersk, is on record saying that he has no intention of building larger container ships.

Skou said investments for Maersk going forward would be elsewhere rather than on so-called megamaxes, a ship type he likened to Airbus’s A380 aircraft, which has proven to not be a commercial success. Skou observed that megamaxes are only suited for a few ports around the world.

Skou is not alone in this viewpoint.

Other articles you may find interesting

Copyright © 2019 PortandTerminal.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

Check Also

Volunteers make oil-blocking buoys from straw for replacement of existing ones that have become heavy with oil after a bulk carrier spill in Mauritius

Anxious Mauritians use hair to stem Japanese ship’s oil spill

REUTERS, AUGUST 10, 2020 NAIROBI (Reuters) – Mauritians are making floating booms of human hair …

Flotilla of Chinese fishing boats

Chinese hell-bent on destroying last of the world’s ocean fisheries

REUTERS, AUGUST 9, 2020 Chinese “like a parasite” on what remains of global fisheries | …