Hapag-Lloyd recently held a naming ceremony for the “Valparaíso Express”, the first of five new vessels in its new 10,500 TEU class, at the Terminal Pacifico Sur (TPS) in the port of Valparaíso, where the new ship will call regularly in future.
The first vessel in the new “Valparaíso Express” class will sail in the revised Europe – South America West Coast service of Hapag-Lloyd in which four of the five newbuildings are replacing older Panmax ships, while a second Panmax size loop (SW2) and two slot charter agreements (EW1 and EW2) in the same trade lane will be terminated.
The roundtrip of the “Valparaíso Express” will take nine weeks with the following port rotation: Rotterdam, London, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Caucedo, Cartagena, Manzanillo (Panama), Buenaventura, Callao, Puerto Angamos, Valparaíso, Callao, Buenaventura, Manzanillo (Panama), Cartagena, Caucedo and Rotterdam.
“The entry into the Post-Panmax ship class in this trade lane is ensuring that Hapag-Lloyd stays competitive as one of the market leaders after the expansion of the Panama Canal,” said Anthony J. Firmin, Chief Operating Officer at Hapag-Lloyd. “South America and especially Chile are very important markets for us and we will be able to serve particularly our reefer customers much better with the new ships.”
The second vessel from the series ordered in April 2015, has been delivered to Hapag-Lloyd already at the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea. The remaining three ships are due for delivery by April next year.