Hapag-Lloyd new containership arrives first time at Hamburg port

Image credit: Boluda Towage

The Hapag-Lloyd brand-new 23,664 teu container vessel Berlin Express called at the Port of Hamburg in Germany for the first time on September 26.

Boluda Towage welcomed the Berlin Express on her maiden voyage to her home port, while earlier this week, also assisted the huge ship in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The official naming ceremony for the Berlin Express will take place on October 2, at the HHLA Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG Terminal in Hamburg.

The Berlin Express and its eleven sister ships are the largest cargo vessels ever sailed under the German flag, marking the technology turning point for Hapag Lloyd emphasizing their way to carbon neutral shipping.

The Berlin Express and its sister ships will be equipped with dual-fuel technology, meaning that the ships can run on LNG, but are also prepared to use future non-fossil fuels such as emethane.

One of the Berlin Express sister ships, the Hanoi Express, was christened in a naming ceremony hosted by Hanwha Ocean in Okpo close to Busan, Korea, last Tuesday.

Thorsten Meincke, Member of the management board/air and ocean at DB Schenker, was part of the christening as his wife Anne Lauth-Meincke had the honor to name the Hanoi Express. 

Captain of Hanoi Express, Tobias Kammann, left Okpo for the ship’s maiden voyage towards Ningbo, to first time load containers on and under deck filling its impressive capacity of up to 23.660 teu. The Hanoi Express will arrive for the first time at the port of Hamburg in November this year.