Hapag-Lloyd completes comprehensive newbuild programme

15,000-TEU container ship „Al Jmeliyah“ („the beauty“) handed over to the shipping company in South Korea today

Hapag-Lloyd completes comprehensive newbuild programme

Another large container ship will be added to the fleet of the liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd: The “Al Jmeliyah” will be handed over to the shipping line on 28 September at the shipyard of Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in South Korea. With a capacity of 15,000 TEU, this ship is classed as an ultra-large container vessel (ULCV).

The “Al Jmeliyah” is the last in a series of 17 newbuilds contracted to HSHI by UASC in the summer of 2013. The series comprised eleven 15,000-TEU and six 19,900-TEU ships, the first of which was delivered in 2015. Following the merger with Hapag-Lloyd at the end of May this year, these units are now all part of the Hapag-Lloyd fleet, which currently consists of 219 ships. This makes Hapag-Lloyd the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world.

“With this newbuild, our fleet – one of the youngest and most modern in the industry with an average age of just 7.1 years – is now complete,” said Anthony Firmin, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hapag-Lloyd, referring to the delivery. “We have no plans to order any more newbuilds in the foreseeable future.”

The 368 metres long and 51 metres wide “Al Jmeliyah” will begin operating this weekend on the FE4 service of THE Alliance between Asia and Northern Europe, just like its predecessor, the “Afif”, which was delivered in July. These new ships are setting the highest standards in environmental protection and have particularly low consumption and emission values thanks to innovative technologies on board.