Hapag-Lloyd has ordered five new container ships from the South Korean shipyard, Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.
The ships will each have a capacity of 10,500 TEU and will be deployed primarily on South American routes. The vessels are at the optimum size for the expanded Panama Canal, which opens next year to allow the passage of vessels up to 14,000 TEU (known as post-Panamax class).
The ships will have 2,100 reefer plugs, making them suitable for transporting perishable goods such as fruit, vegetables, meat, fish or pharmaceutical products.
“This order for five vessels underlines Hapag-Lloyd’s leading role in the Latin American trade. Following our successful merger with CSAV, we are one of the market leaders in this attractive trade and offer our customers a variety of excellent connections to and from South America,” said Anthony J. Firmin, chief operating officer at Hapag-Lloyd.
The newbuilds are scheduled for delivery between October 2016 and May 2017.